Ljungberg: I don’t think there are many better in the world than Ozil

Tue 08 December 2020 | 10:20

Freddie Ljungberg is puzzled with Arteta’s decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of Premier League and Europa League squads and believes there are not many better than him in the world.


Mesut Ozil

out of the 25-man squad has been puzzling for many people including

Freddie Ljungberg

, who thinks there are not “many better in the world” than Ozil.



has decided to leave him out of

Premier League


Europa League


There have also been rumors that his absence is due to non-sporting factors.

“When you have a player like that, and I don’t say he should play every single week, but when you have possession and you need to find that cute pass, I don’t think there are any better players than Mesut doing that,” Ljungberg said.

“Of course you lose a bit defensively, but it’s a decision they’ve made. I don’t know why the decision’s been made and he’s outside the 25-man squad, so they can’t use him.

“But for those things, I don’t think there are many better in the world.”

Ljungberg, who took the charge of


after Unai Emery’s dismissal in November 2019, has suggested that Arteta should stick to a system to establish consistency.

“For me, in general terms, it’s just a little bit slow,” he said after the disappointing 2-0 loss to Tottenham.

“If they could just go into general games, not just this game, with a bit of a higher passing tempo, go a bit quicker.

“You saw when they had success last season a few times, it went quite quick into [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and he opened up his legs, he had space to run in, so maybe passing a bit quicker.

“Then of course it depends how you set up the team. Arsenal, they played with a five, then only with two midfielders and that showed they couldn’t have a creative midfielder in the team really because they were just working really hard in midfield.

“He’s now changed to a back four and they will have a 10, I think [Alexandre] Lacazette played that role [against Spurs], so I think he’s trying to mix it up to have a bit of that creativity in the middle of the park.

“But as you see the stats don’t really lie.”

source: SportMob

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