Mesut Ozil should have been the last person Arsenal fans were focusing on during last night’s game. The playmaker has been omitted from Mikel Arteta’s Europa League and Premier League squads, and therefore didn’t travel to Austria for last night’s game against Rapid Vienna.
But he showed his continued support in the club yesterday, by producing a series of tweets in support of his teammates while watching the game from home.
He started the evening with a public statement of support for the team, wishing them luck even though he couldn’t be there himself. He also included a (rather optimistic) score prediction:
There was a self-effacing jab at his current predicament in the form of a GIF showing himself taking part in last night’s proceedings by logging onto the computer:
This was followed by a dig at former teammate Petr Cech, on account of the Rapid Vienna goalkeeper also sporting protective headgear, as the Czech is now famous for doing.
Later on, he offered his support for Bernd Leno, who had a torrid time during the game, including gifting Rapid Vienna the opening goal of the game.
And he summarized how all of us were feeling after Aubameyang’s eventual winner after David Luiz equalised in the second half:
He even offered up his candidates for man of the match in the form of a poll after the game.
It seems Ozil is determined to keep a positive outlook in the face of his footballing struggles, and is making sure that any negativity around the situation isn’t coming from the player himself. The exact reasons for Mesut’s ostracism aren’t quite clear, with Mikel Arteta insisting that the decision is purely footballing motivated, but with some fans convinced there is more going on. Whatever the case, Ozil is doing his best to steer clear of any potential ill feeling, which is a silver lining in a sad situation.
Author: Ben Kitto
Photo: Kieran Clarke, Flickr