Mesut Ozil impressed for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher has told Unai Emery he must start Mesut Ozil in future matches after he impressed on his long-awaited return to the Arsenal team against Liverpool.

Ozil made just his third appearance of the season for the Gunners on Wednesday night as Arsenal were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The thrilling match finished 5-5 after 90 minutes and Liverpool held their nerve to convert all five penalties and book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Ozil was surprisingly taken off during the match (Picture: Getty)

Ozil produced an impressive performance at Anfield, playing an influential role in two of Arsenal’s five goals before his surprising 65th-minute substitution.

And Liverpool legend Carragher believes Ozil should be starting more often after his eye-catching cameo on Merseyside.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I’m not Ozil’s biggest fan you cannot tell me he is not good enough to get into this Arsenal team as this isn’t a great Arsenal team.

‘The criticism with Ozil is whether he can take them to the Premier League title or the Champions League, but at the moment Arsenal are going for the top four.

‘So he’s got to be in the team or best XI. No one is doing anything consistent for Arsenal at the moment, not just Ozil.

‘If you look at the front three, I am sure they would love to have Ozil feeding them.

Jamie Carragher has urged Unai Emery to start picking Ozil (Picture: Getty)

‘Arsenal are in a position where so many players are not at the top of their game that they almost have to put up with what Ozil doesn’t do.’

On the thrilling cup tie, Carragher added: ‘Some of those young players especially on the Liverpool side, that’s the greatest night of their life.

‘They’re starting their careers, who knows where it’ll go, but I’d be surprised if there are more exciting games that they play in their career than tonight.

‘I thought the young players on both sides were in some ways better than the senior ones, the senior ones made a lot of mistakes that led to goals.’





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