Arsene Wenger compares Ozil to Arsenal legend

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Arsene Wenger says he can see why the signing of Mesut Ozil has been compared to that of Dennis Bergkamp in 1995.

Arsenal smashed their transfer record in the summer of 1995 to secure the signature of world star Bergkamp from Inter Milan.

With Wenger joining a year later, the signing of Bergkamp is seen as a turning point in the club's fortunes as they went from 'boring, boring Arsenal' to playing an exciting brand of total football.

The Gunners echoed that signing by again smashing their transfer record with the £42.4m signing of Ozil from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

"It is comparable because they are similar players in the same department and they are big names who come from big teams," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

However, Wenger says that the difference lies in the fact that Bergkamp signed after failing to impress at Inter Milan.

Alternatively, Ozil has been signed at the height of his powers, with many Real Madrid players expressing their shock that such an important player was let go.

Wenger said: "You must say as well that Ozil was not perceived as being a failure at Real Madrid, he was perceived by the whole world as being a huge success at Real Madrid so of course the noise made by a signature like that is big."

The Frenchman added that the signing of Ozil shows the rest of the Premier League that Arsenal have the ambition to challenge for the title once again.

"They were questioning my desire to spend money, maybe the ambition as well because today the ambition is linked with the amount of money you spend," he said.

"We are very ambitious, we went through a few years where we had less resources and there is no shame to say that because we have built a new stadium. Now we are back with the ambition as big as everybody else, if not bigger."

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