Gun­ners man­ager hopes Ger­man will re­new con­tract

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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.”

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