Ozil needs medals to match Arsenal’s Legend, Bergkamp

Ozil needs medals to match
Arsenal’s Legend, Bergkamp

BY IHIDERO, Victor Osae

Attending legendary status in modern day football remains a big problem for both football clubs and country. Before now, the game was passion driven sport but  things quickly changed a decade ago when football sugar daddies began to enter into the game with their moneybags. Since then the production rate of attending  a legendary status in football seems to have waned as it were many decades ago.


Arsenal Football Club presents another brand to the  game of football. With the emergence of Mesut Ozil within the rank of other squad players, legend seems to have been born. Ozil currently has the highest number of assists; one that surpasses the highest in the English Premier League history.

As a result, he is currently winning comparisons to Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp on current form, but some pundits believe that the Germany international lacks one thing – a Premier League medal. Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool FC legend is one of such pundits. Carragher before now has said that Ozil’s numbers were impressive, but without medals to show for them it would be hard to justify comparisons with Bergkamp.

Berggkamp spent 11 years playing for Arsenal, scoring 120 goals in 423 games, winning
three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with the London giants, compared to Ozil’s two FA Cups and one Community Shield.

As we head into 2016, [Ozil] is the main reason Arsenal are leading the way and to have 16 assists already is astonishing. Nobody in Premier League history has got near that total at this stage.

As it stands, it is better to put Ozil and Bergkamp in numbers. Even at his best, the Bergkamp never produced that many assists over the course of one season.

Though a great goal scorer unlike Ozil, his 11 years stint at Arsenal along with his trophies came in a less competitive EPL as it is now. More so, the Duthman played with proven lethal finisher/attackers like Wright, Henry, maybe Kanu, Anelka, with resolute  midfielders like Viera who all contributed to achieve the success Arsenall FC had. Ozil, on the other has had Theo Walcot and Giroud; players worth less than the prize of other big football spenders.

His technique and vision is the best in the league even though he needs go score goals to cushion his skills. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager, last week hailed his foresight and treatments of the ball. However, what kind of a legend would he be for Arsenal without at least an EPL or Champions League medal

Bergkamp is immortalised in bronze outside the Emirates Stadium because, aside from all the medals he won, he helped bring fantasy football to north London. Ozil has not won as many medals but he has brought even more flare and something to be feared in the Arsenal team.

If he could keep up his form and help Arsenal win a first Premier League title since 2004, legendary status would be justified; especially If he continues to sparkle when it matters in the next 19 fixtures.

The German needs to prove pundits wrong by putting up excellent performances always in big matches — and inspires Wenger’s squad to their first Premier League title since 2004. This would make him a legend in the eyes of Arsenal fans.


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