Arsenal fans’ reaction to Lukas Podolski’s shin pad joke – harsh, but justified?

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Arsenal supporters do not seem to have embraced the spirit in which Lukas Podolski reflected on the shin pad incident against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Lukas Podolski is one of the most charismatic footballers in the world, but his recent post on Instagram has not gone down too well with the Arsenal fans.

The Gunners supporters are still reeling from their side’s truly abysmal performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Group D at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

Losing 2-0 to the Bundesliga outfit should not have come as a surprise, but Arsenal’s dire performance was shocking, especially given the quality they have in midfield.

Podolski cannot be blamed for the North London club’s disappointment in Germany as he played only the final 13 minutes of the match (although he did have a chance to score), but it is his reaction to the defeat that seems to have annoyed the Arsenal fans.

Although the Germany international forward made a heartfelt post on social networking site Twitter on Wednesday, he soon followed that up with another post that made fun of an incident on the Arsenal bench on Tuesday.

Just before Podolski came on as a substitute, he was caught on camera trying to find one of his shin pads. The 29-year-old could not find it and was eventually rescued by Mesut Ozil, who let him have one of his as he had been taken off by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the game.

It was an amusing incident and Podolski was probably trying to make fun of himself on social media, but doing so just a day after the team’s worst performance of the season was perhaps not appropriate.

Many Arsenal fans have hit out at the former Bayern Munich star on Twitter for the banter, urging him to focus on his football (a selection of those tweets are below), and one can understand their reaction.

Although the shin pad incident was amusing, given that Arsenal were comprehensively outplayed and beaten by their opponents, Podolski should have realised the context. Perhaps the German was just trying to have some harmless fun, but it seems that not many are seeing it that way.

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