Freddie Ljungberg accused of wasting Mesut Ozil by Gilberto Silva

Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of Arsenal's first team after Unai Emery was sacked
Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of Arsenal’s first team after Unai Emery was sacked (Picture: Getty)

Freddie Ljungberg has been accused of wasting Mesut Ozil by his former Invincibles teammate Gilberto Silva.

The former Germany international was frozen out by Unai Emery earlier this season, but with the team struggling badly he was brought back in from the cold in a desperate attempt to spark an improvement.

The Spaniard’s U-turn failed to have the desired affect and he was sacked last week having presided over a run of just one win in nine matches.

Ozil, meanwhile, has started both games under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, but has been deployed on the right win as part of a three-man attack.

The World Cup winner left the pitch following last night’s defeat against Brighton appearing to lambast Alexandre Lacazette and Gilberto admits he feels sorry for the 31-year-old having to play out of position.

He said: ‘You need to play in a way where you can protect him and he can produce good football and give assists, or goals and whatever.

‘You need to give him those conditions or don’t play him. Listen, I think he’s a good player and sometimes it looks like he is not in the game.

‘But it always depends on how you put him in the game. Why not try to put him close to the strikers?

‘This is about how you work during the week if the manager maybe was not feeling I cannot play with Ozil. But if you play him as a winger it’s not going to work out.

‘If you put him behind a striker it maybe will work but you have to build up something behind him and say to the other two midfielders to protect him. I don’t want Ozil to come back but you need to offer him protection.’

Gilberto was reported to have been under consideration for a role in Ljungberg’s backroom team but so far only Per Mertesacker, director of the club’s academy, has been promoted to a role on the Arsenal bench.

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