When a legend of the calibre of Dennis Bergkamp describes you as 'tremendous' you know you've made an immediate impact.
That's exactly what's happened to Mesut Ozil, who's been praised by Arsenal's last great playmaker.
Bergkamp is still a hero in the eyes of the Gunners faithful, having spent a decade mesmerising the Highbury crowd as he effortlessly unlocked defences and produced goals others could only dream of.
Despite being reluctant to compare, Bergkamp has suggested Arsenal's record signing could have a similar impact to what he had in the mid 90's, he told The Telegraph: “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.
"It is still early days. 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.”
Ozil has lived up to expectations since arriving at the Emirates on deadline-day in a club record £42.4million deal, having already produced several assists, the German scored his first Arsenal goal in the Champions League victory against Napoli last week.
It's no coincidence that the arrival of a true world class player, like Ozil, has coincided with Arsenal's rise to the top of the Premier League, but it does leave one pondering what could have been had Arsene Wenger forced open his chequebook a few years earlier.
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