Mesut Ozil Has Shades Of Dennis Bergkamp Believes Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger labeled Mesut Ozil a “complete player” after the Germany playmaker inspired a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth that lifted Arsenal to the Premier League summit.
On the back of a shock 4-0 thrashing at Southampton, Arsenal made a tentative start to Monday’s match at Emirates Stadium before Gabriel powered home his first goal for the club from a 27th-minute Ozil corner.
The ex-Real Madrid man’s right-flank set piece deliveries continued to create panic in the opposition box and he was at the center of Arsenal’s best work before exchanging passes with Olivier Giroud to seal victory after the hour.
Ozil now has five goals for the season in all competitions and an incredible 16 Premier League assists – four short of the league record.
“Mesut was the focal point of our team because we had a new midfield [with Calum Chambers alongside Aaron Ramsey in the center],” Wenger told a post-match news conference. “He [Ozil] gives reassurances with his technical ability and his maturity. He gives you that security and he gives you confidence.
“I’ve not seen many of that quality. I don’t like to compare players but he’s an exceptional player. I’ve always defended that point of view, even when you [journalists] were skeptical about it.
“I believe he is also improving and getting better to reach his potential, consistently going upwards. Look at the numbers on the assists and they speak for him.
“He reminds me of Bergkamp. Bergkamp was more of a goal-scorer, Ozil more assists. But now he’s scoring too.”
Wenger conceded that the sluggish start to the match, before Ozil took charge, was as a direct result of the Southampton reverse 48 hours before.
“It was nervous at the start because we had to swallow the 4-0 and it didn’t go well,” the Frenchman added. “We were a bit nervous to concede at the start and determined not to concede. After that, we were in control of the game and we played very well.”