The last couple of months have not been easy for Mesut Ozil. The German attacking midfielder has been scapegoated by his nation’s supporters for Germany’s early World Cup exit, despite the fact there were far more deserving players of criticism in the German squad.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 23 July 2018
Mesut Ozil had a very controversial summer, before the World Cup started he was pictured with Turkish president Erdogan and was slated in the German media. The former Los Blancos star has Turkish heritage despite growing up in Gelsenkirchen and having German family and his meeting with the Turkish leader was used as propaganda by some right-wing German outlets.
After the tournament, the German media failed to recognise all of the charity work that the 29-year-old had completed in Russia and instead blamed him for Die Mannschaft’s failings on the pitch. Whilst in Russia the Arsenal man funded 23 children with life-changing surgeries that they otherwise wouldn’t have had, however, pictures of him and Erdogan were all over the German media and have led to the megastar standing up against the racism he’s been receiving by retiring internationally.
You can see the Arsenal fans’ supporting tweets for their star here:
WEVE GOT ÖZIL!
— Ben Stedman (@bean_stedman) July 23, 2018
Some of Germany might not love you Mes, but 99% of the Arsenal fanbase do. Can’t wait to see M10 on the shirt. You’ll kill it this season
— AFC 18/19 Loading…. (@Wayne_Writes) July 23, 2018
— Abokorgunners (@abokorgunners) 23 July 2018
— Jad ~ (@Unai_Emeryates) 23 July 2018
Keep spreading the love for Mesut.
— OneAW (@1886_blog) July 23, 2018
He’s gonna be that good this season the Germany team will beg for him back
— Joe McDonald (@Joe_McDonald_) 23 July 2018
The man who took on an entire football federation, my Legend!!
— Emerymania (@shelim316) July 23, 2018
— MJ Nwosu (@MJ_Maris) July 23, 2018
Just from the tweets above it’s clear to see that the Arsenal fans have a lot of love and respect for Ozil and they’re not prepared to see him take the abuse and disrespect that the German media and people have been giving him.