Ozil the new Bergkamp as Gunners hit top spot
Arsene Wenger compared Mesut Ozil with Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp after the German playmaker inspired a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth that sent the Gunners to the top of the Premier League.
Ozil provided the assist for Gabriel's opener before showing an exquisite touch when combining with Olivier Giroud to score the second as Arsenal moved above Leicester City into first place.
Their most influential figure is also the dominant force in this season's Premier League and a gushing Wenger acclaimed him as "exceptional".
When asked if Ozil is currently the best player in the competition, Wenger replied: "Look at the numbers on the assists and they speak for him.
"Yes he reminds me of Bergkamp. Bergkamp was more of a goalscorer than him and Ozil is more about assists, but now Ozil is becoming more of a goalscorer, so they are really comparable.
"I have seen a few good games from Ozil. What's important is that he's convincing everyone that he's not just a very talented player, but someone who is ready to work very hard for the team.
"Overall he is the complete player. I've not seen many players of his quality. He's an exceptional player and you have to give me credit - I always defended that point of view even when people were sceptical.
"What's important is that he becomes as good as he can be, and he is on the way to doing that.
"At the moment he's absolutely fantastic."