Arsenal’s 11-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday as Crystal Palace held Unai Emery’s side to a draw at Selhurst Park, but no one in the Gunners camp seemed more frustrated with the events than Mesut Ozil.
The German international has been in great form for the Gunners so far this season having scored three goals and assisted another, and he has risen to the responsibility of captaincy even if he was more or less a passenger during the weekend clash before being withdrawnin the 68th minute with his team leading 2-1.
Throwing his gloves on the ground as he walked past his manager, the number 10’s frustration was evident and many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to debate what he was so miffed about.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness ripped into the midfielder in a way only he knows how, criticising him for his reaction after being substituted and questioning as to why the 30-year-old didn’t show a similar passion on the field. However, Arsenal boss Emery refused to take the same tact as Souness, expressing that he expects his players to be angry at being brought off.
Here’s how the Arsenal faithful responded to their £40.5m man’s reaction.
Show me a player who's happy to be subbed
— . (@toolittletimeto) October 28, 2018
Do not give him the armband ever again, he is no leader and doesn’t turn up when the tough gets going
— shiroh17 (@shuin7) 29 October 2018
“lack of passion” what. Did we see the same thing?
— Adam Jack (@Adam_Mckern) 29 October 2018
Oh hes mad.
— Mohit Kapoor (@Mk27_COYG) 28 October 2018
Mesut was fuming
— Tai Aka Ty (@ClockEndTy) 28 October 2018
Should’ve played better. Then he wouldn’t have been subbed.
— Barnaby Fox (@BJayFox) 28 October 2018
Deserved to be subbed. Had no impact on the game. He should be angry with him performance.
— बिपिन (@ibipn) 28 October 2018
I know he’s mad to come off, but seriously? It’s about the team, captain. Relax you’re still getting that phat check.
— ? (@zachhhattackkkk) 28 October 2018
He’s the captain and must recognise that it’s a team game, he wasn’t good today and we need to hold on to this.
— Steve Shimmons (@ShimmonsSteve) 28 October 2018
Not how a captain should act. It is a team game.
— Hakeem? (@king_hac) 28 October 2018
Poor day in the office for him good move tbh,we need more energy in this game so he is not suitable…
— Nemz (@Gooner4vr) 28 October 2018
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