There are many reasons that Mesut Ozil should be left out of the Arsenal team to face Liverpool at the weekend but that is taking a far too simplistic view of the situation.
When you play away at a top-six club you need your big game players, these are not the type of games to take too many risks and Ozil is a big game player for sure.
Dani Ceballos performance against Burnley was impressive without a doubt but a home game against Burnley is a whole different world away from a game at Anfield against the European Champions.
Joe Willock is improving all the time but he is still on a learning curve and while he has featured in huge matches it is still a baptism of fire walking out at Liverpool to you’ll never walk alone for any youngster.
Same with Reiss Nelson, who did struggle at times against Burnley and if there is a game that you need to be 100% it is away at Liverpool on a Saturday evening.
I am not saying that any of these players will let Arsenal down and there is an argument that Ozil does go missing against the big teams but I cannot see how a player with so much experience at the highest level is not in the mix when Unai Emery decides who he will be starting with.
Ozil has an ability that few players in the Premier League possess, yes, he goes walkabout, yes, he can appear lazy and he is certainly not as keen to track back when he loses the ball but he has a vision and creative streak that can rip open any defence at any given moment and when you are counter-attacking you really need that final ball to be spot on.
Ozil has that in his game and no player at Arsenal comes close to him in that regard.
Let me put it this way, I would feel more comfortable with Ozil starting than not.