Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has decided to share his pride in playing for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with more than 16 million Facebook fans this afternoon, heaping praise on his manager on the eve of 1000 games in charge in North London.
Wenger will reach four figures as Arsenal tactician tomorrow afternoon, during a crucial Premier League showdown with fierce title rivals Chelsea, with far more than local pride on the line for both sides.
Ozil will not feature at Stamford Bridge as he continues to recover from a torn hamstring suffered at the Allianz Arena earlier this month, but the 25-year-old has pledged his support for Wenger and his project moving forward regardless of a watching brief this weekend.
The 25-year-old used Facebook to share a glowing review of his short time working with Wenger, thanking the veteran coach for putting his faith in the ex-Real Madrid man to the tune of £42.4m.
He posted earlier today: "On saturday the boss will celebrate his 1000th game at Arsenal. what a number. we couldn't imagine the Gunners without him. it was him who brought me to London. thank you for your trust! #Wenger1000"
Despite Wenger's endorsement the jury remains very much out on Ozil's contribution in his debut campaign at the Emirates, with a blistering to the campaign forgotten to an extent under the weight of a disappointing display against Bayern in the Champions League last month.
Ozil is expected to spend another three weeks at least on the sidelines, during which time Arsenal face Chelsea, Man City and Everton in the Premier League before an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic.