Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had plenty of good things to say about Mesut Ozil following our 2-0 win over Bournemouth, comparing the German playmaker to club legend Dennis Bergkamp during his post-match press conference (via the Daily Mirror).
Wenger was full of praise for the former Werder Bremen and Real Madrid star, who not only notched up his 16th assist of the season, but also scored a goal in the convincing win that helped take Arsenal top of the table.
Following the disappointing 4-0 loss to Southampton on Boxing Day, Arsenal bounced back in style as the World Cup winner provided the assist for Gabriel Paulista’s opening goal, before combining with Olivier Giroud to score the second and secure all three points.
So impressed with Ozil’s performance, Wenger went so far as to not only compare him with the great Dennis Bergkamp, but also called him the “complete player”.
“Look at the numbers. On the assists they speak for him,” said the Frenchman, when asked whether he was the best player in the Premier League.
“He has become a complete sensational football player. I am very, very happy with his performances. He is one of the best in Europe certainly. In his position, he is sensational.
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“Bergkamp was more goal scorer than him and he was more of an assists man but now he becomes more of a goal scorer so they really are comparable.
“He has remarkable technical quality and something that I enjoy very much is the timing of his passes. If you think in the stand give the ball now, it is now. You have not finished your thinking and the ball has gone has gone already.
“And that is somebody who thinks always as the song leader with the right tone and that is something difficult to achieve as decision you have to make at so quick.
“Mesut was the focal point to our team because we had a new midfield again and he’s a guy who gives reassurance with his technical security and fluidity. He gives you slowly confidence.
“I have seen a few good games from Mesut. What is important is that he convinces everybody he is not just a very talented player but he is working hard for the team and he has added scoring goals to assists. He is a complete player.
“I have not seen many of that quality. I don’t like to compare players but he is an exceptional player and you have to give me credit. I was always defending that point of view.”
Along with a brilliant performance from Ozil, it should be mentioned that Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech broke the Premier League record for clean sheets, which up until last night he shared with former Liverpool shot-stopper David James.
The 33-year-old former Chelsea man now has 170 clean sheets to his name, a record Wenger also addressed in his post match press conference.
“He can be very proud of that as it’s a remarkable achievement and people don’t realise how much commitment is behind all that and how much focus and consistency in his attitude and on top of that he’s a remarkably consistent goalkeeper,” said Wenger.
“We are top but whether you are one point in front or one point behind is not so important. It’s more the consistency of our results and that we grow stronger as a team.”
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Despite a morale boosting victory behind them, Arsenal cannot relax as they did after the win over Manchester City. They must be fully focused for when Steve McLaren’s Newcastle United come to town in just four short days’ time, another game we really should be winning.
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