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Arsenal manager's Bergkamp-Michu comparisons rejected by Laudrup

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lavished Michu with the ultimate praise on Friday when he compared the Swansea forward to Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp. Michael Laudrup, however, has rejected this assertion.

Wenger was speaking in the build-up to the weekend meeting with the Swans, and has identified Michu - who scored twice against Arsenal last season - as a key threat to any positive result for Arsenal.

Arsenal were linked with a move for Michu during the summer transfer window, but Swansea's reported valuation of £20 million is likely to have discouraged Wenger from making a formal approach for the Spaniard.

Wenger, does however, remain a keen admirer of Michu - quite clearly considering the Bergkamp comparison - but Laudrup believes his counterpart has allowed himself to get somewhat carried away with the analogy.

Addressing the press prior to hosting Arsenal on Saturday, Laudrup was quick to dismiss the comments of Wenger, and also any suggestions that Michu is similar to Gunners duo Mesut Özil and Santi Cazorla.

"Bergkamp and Michu - they're two different players. I think with [Michu's] height and with his presence he's so important for us," he said.

"I wouldn't compare him to Bergkamp or to Özil and Cazorla. He's playing that role but in a different way. We're very pleased and he's doing great for us."

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