After Liverpool's 5-1 victory over Arsenal, a number of Gunners players expressed their disappointment at their performances, but what of Ozil?
Following Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, a number of Gunners players took to Twitter to apologise and express disappointment at their individual performances.
Sorry to the fans who travelled and the ones that watched at home....simply not good enough! Good chance to bounce back on Wednesday! #AFC— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) February 8, 2014
sorry guys, this was a bad day for the whole team. No we have to stand together in the defeat and get our heads sorted again.— Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) February 8, 2014
Was a really poor performance today from me!— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 8, 2014
Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere were among those who had their say. But one player who is often quick to send a message to the fans after a match – Mesut Ozil – opted not to on this occasion.
Much has been written about the German international’s performance at Anfield. It was errors from him that led to two of the Reds’ goals, and he was replaced early in the second-half.
His performance was not what you would expect from a club-record signing, with no scoring attempts or interceptions won, and only one key pass played before his departure.
But what are we to make of Ozil’s lack of comment following the game…if anything? After all, the presence of social media does not dictate that it must be used regardless.
While some of Ozil’s teammates were quick to apologise to the fans who had witnessed their defeat, there is every chance the former Real Madrid man was preparing an apology of his own – not a written one, but one given on the pitch, via the performances he is more than capable of.
There is an almost immediate chance to get revenge on Liverpool when they travel to the Emirates Stadium for a FA Cup match next weekend. But before that is the not-so-small matter of a visit from Manchester United.
If Ozil plays to his potential in both games – surely that is the best way to put Saturday’s disappointment behind both him and those who endured it.
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