Arsenal’s first half performance was excellent. 1-0 up through Olivier Giroud, the Gunners just need to stay focused and push on for the two strikes they need to get through… but Mesut Ozil has provided an unwelcome sideshow.
The German was one of the Gunners’ better players in the opening 45 minutes, but when Geofrey Kondogbia requested his shirt, he may have been better off declining. But the pass-master did the deed, and now the footballing world is well and truly divided.
In truth, there are far, far, FAR worse things that can happen on the pitch, however, swapping shirts at HT when your team are trailing on aggregate and facing Champions League elimination doesn’t send out a great message. Just ask Mario Balotelli about the storm that usually follows such an act…
Naturally Twitter reacted, and here are some of the best tweets…
— (h/t @DanielTBlazer) (@DanielTBlazer) March 17, 2015
Ozil swapping shirts at halftime… wtf are you doing
— SK (@OO7sk) March 17, 2015
Ozil swapping his shirt. Like Balotelli did with Pepe at HT. Lets see if the media rip into Ozil with headlines like ‘Apologise!’
— J (@Coutskill) March 17, 2015
Simpletons don’t understand how good ozil is that players wanna swap with him at half time. Even platini begged him for his shirt
— Ö (@6FootShallow) March 17, 2015
Ozil swapping shirts at HT in Arsenal’s biggest game of the season. Top pro
— Zee Nagioff (@zeenagioff) March 17, 2015
burn ozil for shirt swapping imo
— Kali (@MissAndreeva_) March 17, 2015
Oh great, people are going to want to sell Ozil, because he has just done a HT shirt swap. Can’t wait for the articles to come rolling in.
— DatGuyWelbz (@ryhennick) March 17, 2015
Ozil doesn’t help himself against his critics
— Jinal Patel (@Jinal7297) March 17, 2015
We’re playing well and could actually do this and your worrying about ozil swapping shirts? #ShutUp
— Callum (@callumAFC90) March 17, 2015
Ozil swapping at half time most likely because 2 Monaco players want his match shirt. So pleasing everyone
— We might come 3rd (@Arsenal4thagain) March 17, 2015
Ozil has been class don’t care if he swapped he’s shirt best half I’ve seen from him !!!
— Rhys Jaggers (@jaggers69) March 17, 2015
Mesut Ozil swapping shirts at half time. What a traitorous act! Or just acknowledgement that he won’t be on the pitch at full time…
— chalkontheboots (@chalkontheboots) March 17, 2015
Who gives a damn if ozil swapped shirts, makes no difference and everyone’s reading way to much into it
— Jaymo (@JaymoDavies12) March 17, 2015