Ozil’s Half-Time Shirt Swap Annoys Arsenal Fans

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Arsenal fans were left bemused on Tuesday night, following the half-time shirt swap that Mesut Ozil took part in.

The in-form midfielder riled Gunners fans as he exchanged shirts with Geoffrey Kondogbia whilst walking back into the changing rooms.

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Ozil hasn’t been questioned much since his return from injury, with the in-form German international picking up a series of impressive performances.

But in a game where Arsenal still had to score two more goals, it has left fans wondering whether his head was in the right place.

Paul Scholes was quick to criticise the 26 year-old whilst working on the punditry team for ITV, and was not keen on any player taking part in an early shirt swap;

“I don’t like it. At the end of the game, maybe. But still I’m not a big fan then. You do it that once you’re in the tunnel or in the dressing room, out of the way of everyone. At half-time, it’s not for me.”

Arsenal once again failed to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League, and inevitably crashed out on away goal rules after goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud weren’t enough to knock Monaco out the last 16.

Ozil’s shirt swap resembled the one Andre Santos took part in with former Gunner, Robin van Persie, during a Premier League game back in 2012. The Brazilian took heavy abuse from Arsenal fans which saw the beginning of the end for his Arsenal career.

I don’t think Ozil will take too much slack from the Arsenal faithful, but it remains to be seen whether his mentality in big games needs to be challenged.

Check out how Arsenal fans reacted to the Gunners’ Champions League exit.

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