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There should be a space for him- Ljungberg backs Ozil

Fri 27 November 2020 | 21:31

Former Arsenal winger believes that Mesut Ozil can still be integrated into the Gunners’ squad.

Mesut Ozil

’s situation at

Arsenal

has gone worse in the past months as the ex-Germany international has been dropped off the team’s Premier League and Europa League squads. Despite being the club’s highest earner Ozil won’t be able to play a game for

the Gunners

until February and the club is still struggling with finding a suitable move for the former Real Madrid star. In a recent interview with 

The Athletic

, Freddie Ljungberg has spoken about Ozil’s situation and his future with the London club.

“Mesut is a great football player, we know that,

“We all have different opinions and everybody needs to accept that people have different opinions.

“For me, maybe the way football has gone now sometimes he’s not as athletic defensively. Let’s say when you play Man City you don’t have the ball and need to just run after them, maybe you need more athletic players.

“What I tried to do, what I believed in, was that when you play teams who, on paper, you’re a bigger club than or you think they’ll have a low block and you need someone to unlock it, Mesut has the total quality to do that. I think there is a space for a player like that in those kind of games.

“But then as well you need to have a communication with the player — not just Mesut, every player. There are different games that suit certain players and other games suit others. The days of playing every single minute of every game maybe are just not happening that often anymore.

“When I left in the summer he was in the squads and now he’s not. What’s happened there, I can’t answer. I don’t know if something else has happened, I have no clue. But if you look at pure football qualities, I think my answer is quite obvious.

"When I was interim coach, I would play him in the games when I thought he could unlock defences, even if I knew his defensive job was not as good as some other players. So that’s my opinion; there should be a space in certain games.”

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