Jamie Carragher was impressed with Mesut Özil against Liverpool on Wednesday, and he insists the midfielder should be in Arsenal’s first-choice team.
Özil played his first game for Arsenal in over a month this week, providing an assist and playing a part in two more goals as the Gunners drew 5-5 at Anfield.
The German only managed 65 minutes on the pitch, which Unai Emery claimed afterwards was pre-planned given the length of his absence. Nonetheless, the calls for a permanent return to the side have only grown amongst the Arsenal fans.
Former Liverpool defender and Sky pundit Jamie Carragher also thinks Özil has proven he deserves another shot.
“I said before the game that Ozil should run the game, he’s a World Cup winner playing against younger players,” Carragher said. “He was really good and his role in both goals was fantastic, he showed his class and composure.
“I’m not Ozil’s biggest fan but you cannot tell me he is not good enough to get into this Arsenal team, this isn’t a great Arsenal team.
“The criticism with Ozil is whether he can take Arsenal to the Premier League title or the Champions League, but at the moment they are trying to get into the top four so he has to be in their team or best XI.”
Carragher stopped short of suggesting Ozil could have a major impact in the biggest matches for Arsenal, but he insisted the playmaker could put to bed a lot of the smaller fixtures the team have struggled with lately.
“Forget about playing him in the big games, play him against the likes of Crystal Palace, who they let a two-goal lead slip against on Sunday, and see out games,” the Sky Sports pundit continued.
“If you look at the front three, I am sure they would love to have Ozil feeding them.”
With the Granit Xhaka fiasco leaving him unavailable for the Wolves game on Saturday, and Dani Ceballos going through a turbulent period of form, this could be the perfect time for Özil to get back into the Premier League starting lineup.