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Mesut Ozil shouldn't be compared to Bergkamp

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Ex-Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch has poured scorn over comparisons between Mesut Ozil and Dennis Bergkamp.

Rioch was the man to bring the non-flying Dutchman to Highbury back in 1995, breaking the Gunners’ club transfer record in the process.

Arsene Wenger has done the same in bringing Ozil to the Emirates Stadium, spending £42.4million to land the plater from from Real Madrid.

It’s led to comparisons between the pair, but Rioch insists it would be wrong to put the duo in the same bracket.

"He (Ozil) is a very talented player and I think he suits the style that Arsenal have at this time. He's what I would call a silky player, but he's more of a creator than a goalscorer,” Rioch told Sky Sports Radio.

"To compare him to Dennis Bergkamp would be wrong because Dennis was a goalscorer as well as a creator, but it's a huge signing. He's a one in six goalscorer but he is a creator. He's very silky, very clever on the ball and has a high ratio of assists, that's what he brings to the club.

"But you've got to have goalscorers and that's the key for Arsenal. For what he (Ozil) creates, can they finish?"

Whilst he isn’t like Bergkamp, who moved to north London from Inter Milan and had a huge impact on the club, Rioch does believe Ozil’s will have a major impact on Arsenal, and improve them significantly as a club.

However, he still believes the team is short of a world-class striker who would make them a top two team, rather than a top four outfit.

"He's coming up to the peak of his career, and I think he'll settle in quite quickly because he's got two German colleagues at the club in (Per) Mertesacker and (Lukas) Podolski,” Rioch added.

"He's going to an outstanding club, and they're a good football team. They've had a lot of criticism with not going into the transfer market but they've started the season well.

"He's exciting in possession, and whenever I've watched him on the TV for Real Madrid I've enjoyed watching him. He's one of those players that you'd want to have in your team rather than play against.

"They're definitely a top-four team. If they had Thierry Henry or Ian Wright in their team I'd say they'd be a top-two team, but it's the goals.”

Ozil is currently away on international duty, but will get his first chance with Arsenal in their Premier League clash against Sunderland on September 14th.

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