Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s new Dennis Bergkamp according to Robert Pires who feels the Germany international has improved this season.
The World Cup winner is enjoying a superb start to the campaign having scored seven goals already, just one less than top scorers Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.
Ozil has also bagged his first senior hat-trick, during the Champions League win over Ludogorets, and Pires says that he has become more clinical in front of goal.
“Something has clicked,” he told Arsenal Player. “What’s happened in the head is like a click because he’s scored a lot of goals.
“This is a difference between the last season with Mesut Ozil and now because he’s thinking just for himself and sometimes when you are in front of the target it is very important to score a goal.”
Bergkamp remains one of the greatest players ever to wear an Arsenal shirt and while Arsene Wenger has insisted recently that Ozil can only be considered a great if he commits his future to the club, Pires feels he is just as good as the Dutch maestro.
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“Mesut Ozil has very good qualities, he can normally score a minimum of 12 goals during the Premier League so in my time the maestro was Dennis Bergkamp, and now it is Mesut Ozil,” he added.
“I love them both because they play very good football but they play for the team. Not for himself, they play for the team. This point is very important for the future and of course for Arsenal.”
Ozil certainly has the potential to reach the same heights as Bergkamp although, as Wenger says, his legacy at the club may well depend on how long he stays with his current contract due to expire in 2018 and no extension yet agreed.