Ljungberg: Not many players better than Ozil
Former interim-manager and Arsenal Legend Freddie Ljungberg speaks out on the dismissal of Arsenal midfielder from the team squad. Ljungberg highlights the qualities that Mesut Ozil offers to the team in terms of creating goalscoring chances.
Arsenal’s creative shortcomings have raised questions of Mikel Arteta’s decision to omit Mesut Ozil from his 25-man Premier League squad, so should the Gunners boss reinstate him when the registration window reopens in January?
Freddie Ljungberg knows Ozil well from his time on Arsenal’s coaching staff. He started him in four of his five Premier League games as caretaker manager following Unai Emery’s sacking last year.
Ljungberg speaks on Arteta-Ozil situation at Arsenal
The former winger admits Ozil’s situation has become an unwelcome sideshow for Arteta. He also insisted his qualities are exactly what Arsenal are currently missing.
“It becomes a problem,” said Ljungberg on MNF. “We’re now discussing it again and I was here two weeks ago and we discussed Mesut then as well.
“As a coach, it’s a bit annoying because he needs to answer [questions on] it in press conferences when he wants to concentrate on the team. I don’t say that Mesut should play every single week.
“When you play against a top team – not Tottenham because they sit back, so maybe it’s a bit different – but when you play a City, who keep the ball a lot, maybe that’s not time for Mesut because you would just defend all the time.
“But when you have possession or you need to find that little cute pass, I don’t think there are many better players than Mesut in doing that.”
“I don’t know why the decision was made, that he is outside of the 25-man squad and they can’t use him. But for those things, I don’t think there are many better players in the world.”
Arsenal are currently experiencing their worst start to an EPL season, sitting 15th on the log after 11 games. Securing only 13 from a possible 33points, they hit a drastic drop in-form and fans are starting to ask questions. Scoring only one penalty-goal in November and losing the London Derby to Tottenham is evidence that Arsenal needs Mesut Ozil.