Mesut Ozil shirt swap draws criticism in valiant Arsenal win

Published 17 Comments

Football News

Arsenal were convincing winners against Monaco in the second-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie but, alas, it was not enough to secure progression with the damage already done.

Monaco had emerged shock 3-1 victors at the Emirates Stadium three weeks ago, meaning Arsenal would have to find the net at least as many times in the reverse fixture to have any quarter-final hope.

Olivier Giroud provided the first half opener at the Stade Louis II to offer the Gunners hope of achieving the #MiracleInMonaco and it was the least that was deserved after the opening 45 minutes.

So close

Aaron Ramsey drilled in another for Arsenal with 11 minutes remaining but, try as they might, the visitors were unable to sneak in the third that would have confirmed their last eight place.

It was a night for an Arsenal hero to be made, for someone to etch their name into the club’s legend but, unfortunately for Arsene Wenger, there was to be no divine intervention in Monte Carlo.

Where was Ozil?

The stage was set for Mesut Ozil to be the man to deliver a timely performance - despite the enormity of the prospect - but as always seems to be the case, he failed to produce the goods when it was required.

It was valiant team effort, but Ozil was fortunate to remain on the pitch for the entirety of the game.

At the interval, all three ITV pundits - Paul Scholes, Emmanuel Petit and Lee Dixon - deemed the German’s contribution a poor one and urged Wenger to replace him.

Andre Santos impression

But it was not just Ozil’s performance that was not up to the standards expected, but also his decision to swap shirts on the pitch at half-time. Hardly what fans want to see when all hands are required to the pump.

A penny for the thoughts of Andre Santos right now. But, while we can’t bring you the opinion of the Brazilian full-back, we instead have the reaction to Ozil’s shirt-swapping from Twitter.


Arsenal fans: what do you make of Mesut Ozil's decision to swap his shirt at half-time?

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

UEFA Champions League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again