Dennis Bergkamp thinks that Mesut Ozil is bound to be a success at Arsenal, but the great Dutchman has shied away from comparisons.
Ozil has made a major positive impact on Arsenal’s fortunes since his deadline day transfer from Real Madrid.
The club’s purring fans have recognised similarities between the graceful way the German international creates attacking moves, and the way Bergkamp played for Arsenal before him.
The legendary Dutch master does not want to put undue pressure on Ozil, but already believes he is on a fast track towards iconic status at the Emirates.
"I don’t like comparing. We’re all unique. But I do understand the similarities people see and I believe he can be very important to the team,” Bergkamp said of Ozil to Telegraph Sport.
"It is still early days. He is a tremendous player with a lot of effective skills like controlling the ball, making creative passes and assists, taking the right position in the field every time. And he’s extremely experienced.
“Putting all that together I think you’ve got a player who can be the missing link in the Arsenal team, a player who will make a striker score goals, who will link up in Arsenal’s position-game and who will score goals as well.”
Meanwhile, Bergkamp admits that he longs to return to Arsenal someday in a coaching capacity.
He currently coaches at his first club Ajax Amsterdam, but eyes a future on the technical staff at his old North London stomping ground.
"The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal,” Bergkamp said.
"At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.
"I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.
"I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers.”