OZIL CAN BE AS GOOD AS BERGKAMP FOR THE GUNNERS
Gunners manager hopes German will renew contract
Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil could become as big an Arsenal legend as Dennis Bergkamp, if he commits his future to the club.
The German midfielder has played a starring role so far this season and scored a superb winning goal in midweek against Ludogorets in the Champions League. It’s this sort of form that has prompted Wenger to compare Ozil with the Dutch master.
The Arsenal boss said: “Dennis Bergkamp committed for a long period, he played until he was 38.
“I wish we have 10 more years of Ozil. That depends. To become a legend at the club you need to stay for a long time.
“I understand that being a legend like Bergkamp, if you stay two years you would not be a legend.” Speaking ahead of today’s derby against Tottenham, Wenger said his approach will be no different despite his team having the momentum of five victories on the trot. “I’m more focused on the fact that this is more than a derby,” added Wenger. “We have an opportunity to show that we have an interesting role to play in this Premier League.” Meanwhile, Tottenham have been given a boost with news that Harry Kane will return from injury for the first time in seven weeks. Spurs are unbeaten in the league, but have not tasted victory in their last six games across all competitions. But boss Mauricio Pochettino insists his team’s dip has not been down to the striker’s absence alone.
Pochettino said: “We were talking before about Dele Alli who has maybe dropped a little bit and is not scoring.
“Maybe we have some injured players that we can’t rotate and maybe some players are tired. That happens in football.”