Arsenal's Ozil bigger star, says Spurs new boy Eriksen
But comparisons with German Gunner are 'cool' despite their London rivalry, thinks brilliant young Danish midfielder
MESUT OZIL and Christian Eriksen may have dazzled on their Premier League debuts last weekend, but Spurs new boy Eriksen believes his Arsenal rival Ozil is the better player.
The 21-year-old Danish international told the Daily Mirror it was "cool" to be likened to Ozil, but acknowledged that comparisons with Arsenal players are not always a good idea when you play for Tottenham.
"I think Ozil has achieved a little bit more than me," Eriksen added. "I am a few years younger and still have to learn a lot but it is nice to be compared."
German international Ozil, who was one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, arrived at Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42m deal. Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax of Amsterdam for around a quarter of that fee.
Both payers had a pass completion rate of 90 per cent on Saturday and both contributed an assist as they helped inspire their teams to victory. As a result, the pair featured in most pundits' dream teams on Monday morning.
Arsenal sit above Spurs in the table on goal difference and already have a north London derby victory under their belts this season.
But Eriksen wants revenge. "We will have to turn that around for a start," he said, before hinting that he is a player who likes a combative derby.
"I also come from a club where the rivalry was very big, with Feyenoord," he explained. "I wasn’t there when they [Spurs] played Arsenal two weeks ago but I am excited about the home game."
Meanwhile at Arsenal the arrival of Ozil has prompted debate over the future role of midfield starlet Jack Wilshere.
At the weekend Arsene Wenger compared the Englishman to Zinedine Zidane but Bleacher Report suggests that with "schemers" like Ozil and Santi Cazorla in the team, Wilshere will now take up a deeper role, as he did against Sunderland on Saturday.
"As [Ozil] roamed, Wilshere filled in the gaps and kept the supply steady. It was no coincidence that this was Wilshere's best performance so far this season," says the website. ·