In an ideal world, Ozil doesn’t react the way he did when he’s taken off. Yet of all the things that worry me about my club at the moment, how a player chooses to respond to a substitution isn’t high on the list.
Put it this way I wouldn’t sit here any happier if the German just sat down without booting his gloves in the air.
Of course, our fan base love a scapegoat but I hope they realise we are only hurting ourselves if we spend the next week debating about something so trivial.
I fact I’m glad I saw some frustration. I’m glad he was so angry he couldn’t hold it in any longer. I’d rather see that then silly social media posts or YouTube videos. At least it shows he cares and anyone who remotely cares about the badge should be disappointed.
This went far beyond being taken off. This wasn’t even about the humiliation of losing so comfortably at home. I think this was disillusionment with how the whole club is being run boiling over.
If fans are allowed to say what they want, surely someone who’s in that environment is allowed to be hurting as well?
Say what you want about the midfielder, but he has standards, the guy’s a World Cup winner.
For most of his time as a Gooner the criticism was only finishing in the top 4 and winning the odd cup, now he must look at the players compared to when he joined and wonder how the standards have dropped.
Ozil has always been an easy target but it’s ironic, he gets questioned for his body language yet when he does show how he feels that’s seen as disrespect.
I’d rather talk about our defence’s distribution, how easily Jesus got around Chambers, how Fernandinho was allowed to walk through our midfield, how Torreira isn’t disciplined as a DM. It’s those positions where the job isn’t being done properly is why our number 10 is being asked to track back and get stuck in, even though that’s not his job.
He was brought to create goals and his record says he does that. The Kroenke family want you to spend the next few days making Ozil’s antics a debate. It’s music to their ears.
It means Gooners are not questioning why it’s taking so long to replace Emery, when the only answer is because they lack the ambition to make this vacancy a great one.
Shame on any Gooner who let them waste precious time last week by convincing yourself we had turned the corner, based on a 10-minute spell in a rubbish match at West Ham.
3 goals in a terrible performance had some fans defending the Americans for sacking Emery without a plan, although no other club acts that way.
At what point do we question if we are selling Auba and Laca if they continue to refuse to extend their current deals?
While we are at it, I’d rather a player show they are annoyed at being taken off compared to our captain berating his younger teammates when he himself is having a poor game.
When do we question when are funds going to be released to give this squad a complete overhaul?
These are the questions we need to be asking. Not what Ozil does or doesn’t do with his gloves. Freddie says he will talk with the midfielder. The person he needs to talk to is his employer.
If Ozil is angry because he doesn’t understand how this club is being run, then he has my backing…
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