Arsenal's Mesut Ozil answers Scholes + the real good news for the Gunners

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Mesut Ozil has hit back at criticism of his shirt swap with Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Mesut Ozil does not need to invite criticism, in fact he can't avoid it, so when he swapped shirts at half-time with Geoffrey Kondogbia he should have seen what was coming next.

National newspapers including The Telegraph published articles on the 'furore' of the German's actions. Liverpool striker and former Arsenal defender Andre Santos are among the players to receive criticism for doing so in the recent past.

What the trio had in common was that they were easy targets, subject of criticism already, and the shirt swap just a method to attack them with.

Ozil has now responded to the criticism, led by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes who told ITV he did not like his actions at all, as Goal reported.

The Arsenal midfielder is quoted by German channel Sport1, bemused as to what all the fuss is about and why it is worthy of comment. (For the record, we chose not to cover Ozil's shirt swap last night).

Ozil said: "Maybe I should give him the jersey in the tunnel, yes But seriously, guys. At a knockout game is there nothing more important to discuss as a swap of shirts?"

And with that comment he summed up the reaction, and should have nipped it in the bud. What he really needs to do is follow Wayne Rooney's act and celebrate a goal by swapping shirts with a teammate - although sadly a referee would probably decide to book him.

The real good news?

What has been glossed over is the player who asked to swap shirts with Ozil: Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The Frenchman was a huge presence for Monaco across the two legs, and is the type of defensive midfielder Arsenal have been in need of, even with Francis Coquelin's emergence.

The fact he sought out Ozil shows his admiration for the German World Cup winner, and if Arsenal made a move to sign him, he would no doubt be enticed to join up with a player he holds in such high regard.

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