Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to react after Mesut Ozil made just his second start of 2019, against BATE Borisov in the Europa League Round of 32 tie at the Emirates.
The Gunners had a job to do as they looked to reverse a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, but found the task at hand an easy one as they romped to a 3-0 win in front of their home support.
In Ozil’s case, the former Germany international and 2014 World Cup winner managed to play 90 minutes for the first time since December, and appeared to make the north London-based side’s attacking play tick.
There has been something of a power battle between boss Unai Emery and the 6 foot midfielder for the most part of this season, but with results suffering without the former Real Madrid playmaker, the Gunners manager has a decision to make over the 30-year-old.
It appears to be a situation that is dividing the fanbase too, if you were to take a look at the Arsenal fans’ reactions to his performance on Twitter…
Agree, against team like bate he should start but against bigger teams he should not start.
— Ⱥղժɾҽա (@AFC_AL14) February 21, 2019
He should start more often
— kent_gunner? (@OyafemiKehinde) February 21, 2019
Ozil was fine, changes our style of play so we don’t have to push the fullbacks forward every time to create chances
— Hugo ?? (@RhyanGrxnt) February 21, 2019
I’ve always wanted Emery to play Ozil, because I believe he’s class and creates chances, but he’s not worth 350k, Coz he has limitations as a player
— John (@johnzopinion) February 22, 2019
Unfortunately one will go in the summer! And I’m definitely sticking with @UnaiEmery_ @MesutOzil1088 is a maverick but cannot thrive under @UnaiEmery_ he doesn’t have the work rate, mobility or the understanding to be able to play in this tactic, system or philosophy!
— Paul Griffiths (@Swaggrotech) February 22, 2019
I must have watched a different game to everyone else yesterday. I thought we were bang average – Ozil doing nothing to cement a place in the team , and against a bunch of Aldi shelf stackers too.
— 'EIE’ (@AFCSteve) February 22, 2019
Last night proved to us that Özil just can not be dropped till the rest of the season, especially in home games, we barely create anything without him
In home games that’s our starting xi
— Ömar Sherif. (@OmarSherif_AFC) February 22, 2019
We are better with ozil… Swallow your pride and admit it
— Yk (@ykshok) February 22, 2019