Arsene Wenger believes that Mesut Ozil can become an Arsenal legend like Dennis Bergkamp, but must play for the club for even longer if he wants to do so.
Obvious comparisons have been made between the two players and Wenger believes that Ozil can become a club legend, just like the ex-Arsenal forward.
However, Ozil is yet to commit his future to Arsenal with his current deal ending in June 2018, and Arsene Wenger believes that the German playmaker must extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium if he wants to emulate Bergkamp and become a club legend.
When asked if he thought Ozil could be as much of an Arsenal legend as Bergkamp, Wenger said: “I think so, I think if he commits.
“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.”
Wenger also believes that an increased maturity and “efficiency” are behind Ozil’s sensational form this season.
“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”.