Arsenal’s season has been a fairly solid one for Unai Emery, but one issue has threatened to cause him problems at every turn. The manager’s treatment of Mesut Ozil has been seen as smart by some and baffling by others, but one thing is certain – it’s been the biggest topic of Arsenal’s season.
Of course, Ozil is one of Europe’s most recognisable players, and over the years, he’s been one of the Gunners’ most valuable men. However, his form over the last 18 months or so hasn’t been great, and clearly, Emery hasn’t been impressed enough to give him a regular starting berth.
However, he did get a chance on Thursday evening as Arsenal came back against BATE, and it’s fair to say that fans online were very happy to see him in action.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 21, 2019
Following the game, Ozil took to Twitter to reflect upon the fixture, and Arsenal supporters were quick to respond in their hundreds. Most of them, it seems, have come with a very similar message, they just want to see more of him. He’s still as popular as ever, that much is clear. Did he do enough to retain his place? That remains to be seen, but a lot of fans would like to see him play this weekend.
See what they’ve had to say below:
Your happiness! Our happiness! pic.twitter.com/Ym4cZJ3YrP
— Ajinkya Nàik (@Kola_power) February 21, 2019
Same again on Sunday. Cheers
— Biz (@LethalBizzle) February 21, 2019
We will always be behind you. Arsenal till the end
— Mr Kennedy (@MrKen111) February 21, 2019
We were so desperate to see our magician back on the pitch. Even if you stand there doing nothing, I still love u man. pic.twitter.com/QqbtFN9KLc
— Nikhil Sanghran (@Nixbuster) February 21, 2019
YOUR presence motivated the team…
— Rash (@Rashousmane) February 21, 2019
Good to see you back, Mesut #COYG Hope to see you on Sunday.
— Jameca (@InEmeryWeTrust2) February 22, 2019
Chief executive director Ozil…. you have been really missed. Nice performance today.
— MBOSS (@MOSESEGHIEYE) February 21, 2019
Always behind you. Thank you for playing for my club
— ً (@Sidenomenal) February 21, 2019
Such a good feeling to watch you play again
— D.Y. (@D_Y_10_) February 21, 2019
Was great to see you back @MesutOzil1088
— Mbugua Wahito (@WahitoMbugua) February 21, 2019
Good performance Mesut! you continue working hard and I hope Emery will be ashamed for not naming you in the starting XI
— kasasu vincent green (@KasasuGreen) February 22, 2019