Ljungberg believes there should be a space for Mezut Ozil in the team

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Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg believes Mesut Ozil should still be involved at the Emirates, despite Mikel Arteta axing the midfielder from their Premier League and Europa League squads.

Ozil’s time at Arsenal appears to be up, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, but Ljungberg feels there “should be a space” for the 31-year-old.

Ljungberg took charge of six games as the Gunners’ interim manager and Ozil featured in four of those.

Speaking to the Athletic, Ljungberg gave his take on Ozil’s omission, saying: “Mesut is a great football player, we know that. We all have different opinions and everybody needs to accept that people have different opinions.

“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.”