Dennis Bergkamp says he understands why people have compared the capture of Mesut Ozil with his arrival from Inter Milan back in 1995 and has backed the German as the man to take Arsenal to a new level.
An an interview in today’s Telegraph, the Dutch master spoke about the impact his signing had on the club and said that although he’s not keen on setting the two up together, he can see why people have made the comparison after the £42.5m signing from Real Madrid.
“I don’t like comparing. We’re all unique. But I do understand the similarities people see and I believe he can be very important to the team.
“He is a tremendous player with a lot of effective skills like controlling the ball, making creative passes and assists, taking the right position in the field every time. And he’s extremely experienced.
“Putting all that together I think you’ve got a player who can be the missing link in the Arsenal team, a player who will make a striker score goals, who will link up in Arsenal’s position-game and who will score goals as well.
“With all the respect to the other Arsenal players, I think he is the one who can make a difference. The other players are good in midfield. But you need someone of a high-level you can be good in all areas of the pitch.”
Bergkamp also touched on desire to return to the club at some point in his coaching career, but suggested it’s something that won’t happen in the immediate future.
“I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.
“I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers.”