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Wenger says Ozil can reach Bergkamp-like status

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Mesut Ozil can reach the same status at the club as legendary striker Dennis Bergkamp if he signs a new deal.

Ozil, 28, has been a key player for the Gunners since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid back in 2013. The German’s contract doesn’t expire until 2018, but the club is looking to sign an extension, and if he does, Wenger thinks Ozil can reach the same stature among the fans like Dennis Bergkamp.

“I think so, I think if he commits,” Wenger said.

“Dennis Bergkamp committed for a long period, 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 Dennis Bergkamp, if you stay two years you would not be a legend.”

Arsenal is looking to get new deals done with both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with both players being in fine form heading into the derby against Tottenham on Sunday.

“I believe he is at an age where he is more mature,” Wenger said. “He is 28. The difference today is he focuses more on efficiency. When he arrived here he was more a player to play, focused on playing. Today efficiency is more in his mind.

“The main transformation we got from him, he makes more runs in behind to score goals. He pushes himself much more. He has that in him as well.

“Sometimes the trap for very talented players is it is easy for them. They know subconsciously they don’t need to push themselves too hard to be efficient.”

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