Mesut Ozil explains why he doesn’t want to be compared with one Arsenal legend

Ozil vows to continue making his own mark in English football, stating a hunger on his part to become an iconic Gunners.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil has thanked his fans for comparing him with former Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp but insisted he is resolute to secure legend status in his own right at Emirates Stadium.

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The 29-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year contract in January that made him the highest paid player in the history of Arsenal but since then the performance level has dropped down a bit.

He was also criticised gently by the new boss and challenged him to rediscover his best form on a sustained basis after their dismissal start of the season, losing against Manchester City and Chelsea, where the playmaker was unimpressive mostly.

But last week he rose to the occasion lately during Arsenal’s visit to St. James Park where he scored the second goal for his team to help them win the game 2-1 in his 200th appearances.

It was the first time Ozil had played at St James’ Park last week despite having signed for the club in 2013. During his long career, Bergkamp scored one of the most famous goals at the same stadium when he baffled Nikos Dabizas before slotting home and now following last week’s game the fans have started praising Ozil identifying him as the same mould of the Flying Dutchman.

As a creative influence in the game, for his selflessness and languid style, the German playmaker has always been rated in the same category as the iconic Dutchman who helped fellow strikers like Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka etc grow more during his time at Arsenal.

Just like him, Ozil also has a knack of providing balls to his team-mates more than scoring and till now has racked up 71 assists in an Arsenal shirt.

But during a recent interview, the former Real Madrid playmaker now putting a stop in all comparisons has recommended that although he is flattered by the Dutchman’s comparison but he craves to be a legend in his own right than anyone.

Ozil, 29, told the club’s official website: “The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I’ve been able to play in my preferred style.

“I always want to control the game, give assists and help my team. It was like that with me from the start.

“In my position you have many possibilities playing forward. You can demand the balls, make telling passes or score yourself.

“I’ve been told so many times over the years that this is how Bergkamp played.

“Of course that makes me proud and it is an honour to be compared with him. Bergkamp is a living legend at Arsenal and he was an amazing football player.

“But I do not want to compare myself with anybody. I have my own style and I’ve had it since I was a kid.

“I am proud of these comparisons, but I am Mesut Ozil and I’m not finished yet.”