Mesut Ozil is aware of comparisons to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp but insists he is determined to secure legend status in his own right at Emirates Stadium.
As a creative influence who can make the game look easy at times, the German playmaker falls into the same talent bracket as the iconic Dutchman.
Bergkamp starred in north London for nine years between 1995 and 2006, scoring 120 goals and winning three Premier League titles.
He told the club’s official website: “The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I’ve been able to play in my preferred style.
“I always want to control the game, give assists and help my team. It was like that with me from the start. In my position you have many possibilities playing forward. You can demand the balls, make telling passes or score yourself.
“But I do not want to compare myself with anybody. I have my own style and I’ve had it since I was a kid. I am proud of these comparisons, but I am Mesut Ozil and I’m not finished yet.”