Wenger: Ozil reminds me of Bergkamp


Arsene Wenger says that Mesut Ozil reminds him of Dutch genius Dennis Bergkamp as the German internationla heads towards Thierry Henry’s assist record in the Premier League.

Ozil has 16 to his name thus far, and having worked with Bergkamp for years, Wenger comparing the two is a credit for the 27 year old.

“Yes, he’s a bit like Bergkamp,” he said. “Not that guy who stands up and speaks too much but every time he says something, it is straight to the point.

“He’s has a big influence. He’s not an extrovert, as you know. But you don’t win by coincidence and he has won in his career. He’s demanding from his partners.”

Wenger also had praise for on-field skipper Per Mertesacker, saying, “Per is [also] very important in that. He’s a very important leader in the dressing room – and a respected one as well. He maintains focus and wants to do well. He’s one of the guys who can help us.

“Experience helps but what will help more than anything is the quality of our performances and I think Sunday is a big one for us on that front.”

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