Mikel Arteta praised Mesut Ozil for cheering on his Arsenal team-mates from home in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ozil has been left out of both Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads this campaign, and watched the win over Rapid Wien on TV.
The German made his feelings very clear on Wednesday as he released a statement slamming Arsenal and accusing the club of disloyalty.
But on Thursday the World Cup winner got behind his team-mates, and tweeted throughout the match as Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 in Austria.
As the game got underway Ozil tweeted: “Okay then, let’s go Gunners.”
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He followed this up with a post at the break, reading: “0-0 so far, but c’mon lads let’s try and make sure we take a win back home with us! I’m cheering you on.”
Arsenal went behind after a mistake from Bernd Leno, prompting Ozil to tweet: “Chin up Bro Bernd Leno. We have still enough time to turn this around guys! Come on Gunners!! “
Upon David Luiz equalising Ozil then wrote: “Yessss boys! 1-1!!! David Luiz.”
And after Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang hit the back of the net to put Arsenal in front, Ozil tweeted: “Aubaaaaaaaaaaa !!!! Good job guys!”
The German’s final tweet read: “Nice to start with 3 points! Who was your Man Of The Match? My 4 options: Thomas Partey, Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny, Luiz.”
Arteta was unaware that Ozil was tweeting throughout the game, as he was on the touchline engaged in the action.
But he was made aware in his press conference following the victory, and appeared delighted by Ozil’s mature and positive reaction.
“This is what I want from all the players who are not in our squad,” said Arteta. “I didn’t expect anything different from that so it’s good to hear.”
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