Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil can match Dennis Bergkamp’s legendary Arsenal status if he signs a new contract.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Wenger acknowledged “similarities” between the two before claiming Ozil could eventually carry the same weight as Bergkamp in Arsenal’s history.
“Dennis Bergkamp committed for a long period, played until he was 38,” the Frenchman said.
“I wish we have 10 more years of Ozil. That depends. To become a legend at the club you need to stay for a long time.
“I understand that being a legend like Dennis Bergkamp, if you stay two years you would not be a legend.”
Arsenal continue to work on new deals for Alexis Sanchez and Ozil, who goes into the Tottenham game on the back of five goals in as many appearances.
“I believe he is at an age where he is more mature,” Wenger said. “He is 28. The difference today is he focuses more on efficiency. When he arrived here he was more a player to play, focused on playing. Today efficiency is more in his mind.
“The main transformation we got from him, he makes more runs in behind to score goals. He pushes himself much more. He has that in him as well.
“Sometimes the trap for very talented players is it is easy for them. They know subconsciously they don’t need to push themselves too hard to be efficient.”