Arsenal are in imperious form currently and this weekend’s fixtures have seen them emerge in an impressive second place. After all, only Manchester City block their path to the top of the table.
At the heart of this purple patch has been club record signing, Mesut Ozil. The German, as ever, has been the beating heart of the Gunners’ midfield and this was the case against Swansea.
In fact, the ex-Real Madrid man even found himself on the score sheet in the 3-2 win. In light of the volley, Ozil brandished his customary ‘M’ celebration and after months of brandishing it, he’s finally explained the meaning behind the gesture.
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The Gunners may have started the season with a 4-3 defeat to a Liverpool and a drab goalless draw at Leicester, but they appear unstoppable at the moment. Besides, Arsene Wenger’s men are on a six game winning streak.
Nevertheless, coming into this weekend’s home clash with Swansea, Arsenal were made to remember their humiliating record in this particular fixture.
Today saw them end five years without a home league win against the Swans, but it wasn’t without its problem. After all, Arsenal shipped two goals and had to limp across the line with just ten men on the pitch.
The winning goal came virtue of Ozil.
The 28-year-old latched onto a surgically accurate cross from Alexis Sanchez, only to take it on with a first-time volley. Connecting perfectly, the ball flashed past Lukasz Fabianski at his near post and into the roof of the net.
As ever, the German marked the occasion with his ‘M’ celebration.
Although Ozil isn’t the most prolific scorer in the Arsenal squad, fans are very familiar with the subtle gesture. It’s been an earmark of the midfielder’s strikes across his three years at the Emirates.
What does it actually mean though? Mesut, perhaps?
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the 28-year-old explained by stating: “[It’s] for my niece. She's called Mira and when I score now, the goals are for her.
"She's too young to notice but she has come to London a few times and has watched some games in which I've scored and then made that hand gesture.
"I just enjoy spending time with her because she's so cute. She's at the age where she's a lot of fun to be around.
"We're just delighted as a family to have her. She actually has an Arsenal shirt and a Germany one too and both have her name on the back."
So there you have it, Ozil is a family man and is keen to acknowledge his relatives upon finding the net. It’s certainly a sweet gesture.
In addition, like the German’s niece herself, Arsenal fans will be hoping to see the three finger gesture plenty more times this season. After all, if the north Londoners are to challenge for the title, they’ll need Ozil at nothing shot of his very best.
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