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Eriksen: I'm no match for Ozil

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Tottenham new-boy Christian Eriksen has played down comparisons with Arsenal's record-breaking midfielder, Mesut Ozil.

Eriksen, who joined Spurs for £11.5 million from Ajax, played a starring role on his Tottenham debut and has drawn comparisons to his north London rival, who was equally as influential for Arsene Wenger's side.

Ozil stole the show and played a key role as Arsenal secured a 3-1 away win over Sunderland, teeing up Olivier Giroud for the Gunners opener.

But Eriksen believes Ozil - who won La Liga and starred at the 2010 World Cup - is a player he looks up to and aspires to emulate.

In an interview with the Mirror, Eriksen said of the 24-year-old: "I think Ozil has achieved a little bit more than me! I am a few years younger and still have to learn a lot but it is nice to be compared.

"Some players are booed in the first games and then are good.

"Hopefully the fans will not do that to me! But there will be mistakes. I am 21, but I hope I will make as few mistakes as possible."

He then joked: "From what I have heard, it is not good to be compared with Arsenal players! But really, it is pretty cool to be compared with such big players."

Despite only arriving at Tottenham recently, the Denmark international is well aware of the fierce rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal - and Eriksen has already targeted finishing ahead of Wenger's men.

He said: "We will have to turn that around for a start. I also come from a club where the rivalry was very big, with Feyenoord.

"I wasn’t there when they Spurs] played Arsenal two weeks ago but I am excited about the home game."

The 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday means Tottenham have taken nine points from 12 available.

Asked to assess their title chances, Eriksen went on: "Really good. It looks really good. It is different.

"We are in a new squad and still have to learn about everything and everybody, but like I said before, we have had a good beginning and it is pretty easy to play with such good players."

Andre Villas-Boas' side will be looking to keep their good run of league form going when they visit Cardiff City on September 22.

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