The hype surrounding our record signing Mesut Özil is no doubt more than warranted, with everyone having their say on what they think of the German star. Some have even compared the 24-year-old to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.
But is this a fair comparison?
In my view, Özil is some way off being compared to the Dutch icon. In terms of their attributes you could say they rank about the same though. But the achievements and success that Dennis’ name carries with it makes them worlds apart.
Bergkamp, like many Dutch players, was brought up with the ‘total football’ ethos. Add that to his natural talent and you get an amazing player who could pull off things other couldn’t even fathom. See passes others couldn’t. Simple yet elegant touches to create opportunities from nothing and score a few for himself. Beat players with his amazing skill and knowing his team-mates movements before they even got going. He was simply an amazing number 10 and a world class act back in the day.
Özil is world class as well – he’s a menace to opposing defenders. The German has superb vision and, when he gets going, can dictate games – his assists record speaks for itself and he is known to score a few as well. He could very well reach the level of Bergkamp if he continues as he is.
I feel Özil has the potential to do what Bergkamp did for us – become a legend and an influential part of our set-up. But I’d wait a few more years before we can safely say that the comparison between the two is a fair one. It’s going to take a lot of exceptional performances and loyalty from the German before we can compare the two, but he certainly has the potential to reach those heights at Arsenal.
Can Mesut emulate Dennis?
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