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I don't think there are many better players than Mesut Ozil, says Ljungberg.

Ljungberg lauds Ozils creativity and believes he could still do a job for the Gunners.

Arsenal's creative shortcomings continue to highlight the fact that Mesut Ozil could still be vital for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta's decision to omit Ozil from his 25-man Premier League squad seems to be a problem at this point, with the Gunners lacking goals and creativity in the middle of the park.

However, former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg says it is an issue that Arteta can’t hide from, and believes the north London club can still benefit from the German’s creative quality.

"It becomes a problem," Ljungberg, who was caretaker manager following Unai Emery's sacking last year, told Sky Sports’ 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 the 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."

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