Well, all that goodwill banked from the Bournemouth game quickly went out of the window, didn’t it?
It took all of two seconds for Arsenal fans to fume over Unai Emery’s starting XI for today’s North London Derby against Spurs, with tons of Gunners supporters venting their anger and confusion over the manager’s chosen line up for today’s titanic clash.
1Many fans believed Mesut Ozil’s man of the match display against Bournemouth in midweek would have earned him a starting berth
“Ozil Was My Man Of The Match!” @LeeGunner82 PRAISES Mesut Ozil for his performance today and says he was our Man of the Match! Tag a Ozil “hater”, what they saying?#Ozil #Arsenal #Bournemouth #AFC #AFTV
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) February 28, 2019
The German playmaker was in fine form against the Cherries, scoring the opening goal and laying on the Gunners second in a 5-1 victory. The former Real Madrid man was also voted man of the match for his display.
2Unai Emery was likewise impressed with Arsenal’s number 10, despite reportedly wanting him out of the club…
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) March 1, 2019
Several reports have stated that Emery has been trying to force Ozil out of the club by benching him or leaving him out of match day squads altogether, even when the Germany international is match fit.
3However, despite Ozil’s classy display against Bournemouth, there was still no place for him in today’s starting XI
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 2, 2019
The World Cup winner was once again relegated to the bench, leaving more questions about his future at the Emirates Stadium.
4Naturally, Arsenal fans were less than impressed…
Ozil went from balling out with Di Maria and Ronaldo to doing kick ups with Maitland Niles on the bench uno
— 👨🏾💻 (@ShoRizzy) March 2, 2019
Given how the World Cup winner has a major point to prove to Emery and was fantastic in our last game, it is puzzling that he’s on the bench for such a crucial game.
5And the benching of Aubameyang and Torreira didn’t exactly go down too well, either…
Benching Auba, Ozil and Torreira… pic.twitter.com/TLttorLZ0n
— Chris #FPL 🔻 (@FPL_FC) March 2, 2019
Given how important both were in the reverse fixture in December, a lot of people were scratching their heads over Emery’s selection.
6Needless to say, the selection didn’t exactly help with pre-derby nerves…
Me since morning pic.twitter.com/oXc4PQhz7c
— P™ (@Cechque) March 2, 2019
Yep, us too mate.