MESUT OZIL starred in Arsenal’s comfortable Europa League win over BATE Borisov, but the German has split fans over his “moment of magic” at the Emirates.
Ozil ripped up his sicknote to feature for the first time in three games as the Gunners come back from a goal down to progress to the last-16 of the tournament.
Mesut Ozil backheels the ball to Granit Xhaka at the edge of the box
Alamy Live News Mesut Ozil was recalled to the side against BATE Borisov
And after thirty minutes, the 29-year-old had some fans drooling on social media with what they insist was a stunning back-heel to Granit Xhaka who blazed his effort over the bar.
PetterTveit tweeted: “Hater will say he miskicked it.”
Backed up by Emmanuel Tomilola who said: “That was not miskicked, that was beautiful.”
Gary Harrald added: “Sent it to Emery he needs to wise up and play him more.”
Ozil’s pass went straight to Granit Xhaka who fired over
Jesus! If this is a serious post, You ozil fan boys are amazing.— The General (@kaejlaab) February 22, 2019
But other fans were having none of it claiming the ball hit his standing leg after his misfired with his usually trusted left foot.
The General said: “If this is a serious post, you Ozil fan boys are amazing.”
Damola added: “That was definitely a miskick-he swings his left foot.”
Another user said: “Lol…even the commentator said Ozil miss kicked it.”
Gunners boss Unai Emery was full of praise for Ozil who has been left out of 20 of Arsenal’s 38 games this term.
But after the win warned his playmaker he will have to make do with being rotated for the rest of the season.
He said: “(He) sometimes in the starting XI and sometimes on the bench”.
“His spirit like today is good and his quality and capacity and combination with some players is good.
“I think we need every player, and playing Mesut was important and positive.”
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