Arsenal's Mesut Ozil on Denis Bergkamp comparisons and 200th appearance in Newcastle victory


The 29-year-old has been compared to Dutch legend Bergkamp, who won the league three times during his time in north London, but Ozil said he wants to forge his own reputation and be known for his own unique style.

As the club's highest paid player in the history of the Gunners, Ozil has often come under scrutiny for his languid playing style, but in the 2-1 win over the Magpies, the Emirates faithful paid homage to the German.

"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," he told the club website.

"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."