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Gary Neville tweets after Mesut Ozil GIF causes serious debate on Twitter

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Arsenal raised a few eyebrows when they ruled against the north London power shift and downed Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Although Spurs have endured a terrible record at Arsenal's new home, few were expecting them to be beaten so convincingly. Tottenham finished above their local rivals in the Premier League for the first time since Arsene Wenger arrived last season and are favourites to achieve the feat again.

Nevertheless, goals from Skhodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez ensured Mauricio Pochettino suffered his third league defeat of the season and Arsenal shuffled just a point behind their neighbours.

There was no doubting that the star man was Mesut Ozil, though. The German has been criticised by many this season but romped his way to the Man of the Match award and an assist on Saturday. 

Thierry Henry hit the nail on the head after the game, explaining: "Mesut Ozil has been amazing.

"I'm not talking about when he has been on the ball but off the ball. What he has been doing, helping the back three at one point and then five seconds after nearly being on a one vs one situation with Hugo Lloris. Helping the midfield, working hard."

Few expected such a lively and impressive performance from a player who has faded into the background during big matches in the past.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail certainly didn't have high hopes for the German and left him out of his combined XI ahead of the derby, along with many other experts and writers.

When Arsenal started running away with the clash, though, the club was keen to tease Crafton for his decision and a sent a GIF of Ozil sipping a cup of tea to get the point across.

Harmless banter, right? Well, the world of Twitter can be a harsh place sometimes and Crafton tweeted the next day to highlight the terrible abuse he had received.

Nevertheless, Gary Neville and Ian Wright thought differently and came to the defence of Arsenal for their sense of humour online - focusing on not giving into the handful of trolls thats spoil it for the rest. Take a look at their tweets:

Neville, in particular, has knocked it out the park.

Football clubs and players are proving far more liberal with their social media accounts at the moment, adding an extra layer to fan engagement.

And besides, you can forgive Arsenal for enjoying a derby victory that nobody saw them producing. Fair play.

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