Mesut Ozil has issued a grovelling apology to Arsenal fans after he decided against applauding the travelling support following the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.
The £42.5 million signing from Real Madrid was berated by compatriot Per Mertesacker – as GunnersWatch reported earlier today – for his failure to show his appreciation to the support after Saturday’s loss at the Etihad Stadium.
However, he has now taken to Facebook to apologise.
He wrote: “Sorry I didn’t thank the fans at the end of the game!
“You have been brilliant to me and I know you had travelled a long way and spent your money to support us. I was upset with the result and know I should have come to you to say ‘thank you’ and I know it is a big Arsenal tradition win, lose or draw.”
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal had a “bad day” on Saturday as they were thrashed 6-3 by Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men ran riot at the Etihad Stadium and Wenger was disappointed with his side’s defensive indiscipline throughout.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It is not beyond a bad day, it is a bad day. We conceded six goals, we lost our discipline at end and were too open when I took [Mathieu] Flamini off.
“Out of the six goals we gave them five and when we came back to 2-1, we had a chance but could not take it.
“They scored the goals and you cannot say they did not deserve them. We have to come back to reality and it’s about us defending together and we have not done that today.”
Jack Wilshere faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be punished by the Football Association after he appeared to make an offensive gesture during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The England midfielder was caught on camera by BT Sport appearing to aim the gesture at City supporters after protesting at the award of a goal-kick.
Martin Atkinson is not thought to have seen the incident but Wilshere may yet face suspension, as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was fined £20,000 and banned for one game for making a similar gesture in a game against Fulham.
Laurent Koscielny posts picture of knee after injury saw him stretchered off during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.
Per Mertesacker fumed at fellow German international Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The defender scored in the defeat and encouraged his team-mates to applaud the travelling fans following the final whistle.
However, upon spotting Ozil simply walking off with his arms by his sides, the big German sprinted over to his compatriot and berated him before heading over to the supporters himself.
You can see the video clip – credit to dragonzzz0rFTW – above
Theo Walcott has returned from injury to face Manchester City on Saturday.
Full team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud
Man City team: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo
Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski are both set to return to the Arsenal squad for this weekend’s clash with Manchester City.
Sagna has missed the Gunners’ last three matches with a hamstring injury but is believed to have recovered in time for the crunch Etihad fixture, with the German international also available for the trip to Manchester.
Boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday: “The final check will be made this morning because yesterday the players came in, everybody felt alright.
“We have some doubts, the doubts we have about Sagna, who will have a test today and after that I will make the decision do I take him with us or not. I am optimistic but it’s my nature.
“Podolski is available. I feel he is still a bit short to go into a match of that level of intensity but after this weekend I will consider him to just be available.”