He may be an outcast with Arsenal, but Mesut Ozil is still to ready to fight for his Gunners teammates.
The midfielder is surplus to requirements at The Emirates and after Mikel Arteta left him out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, he will not play again until at least, January.
Despite that, Ozil has continued to support his team from a distance, with regular messages backing Arsenal appearing on his social media feed.
And now, he’s showed it’s still club over country, as one of the most bizarre social media feuds continues.
Ozil’s compatriot Toni Kroos, appeared to single out Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for what he labelled as “nonsense” celebrations.
Aubameyang has enjoyed a number of playful goal celebrations in the past, last season he donned a Black Panther mask after he scored for the Gunners in a Europa League game against Rennes, and he also once wore a spiderman one while playing for Borussia Dortmund.
But Kroos failed to see the funny side, taking aim at the Gabon international on his new podcast Einfach mal Luppen.
He said: “If there are rehearsed dances or choreographies, I find it silly.
“Celebrating with masks, that’s where it ends for me. I don’t think that’s a good role model either. What nonsense.”
And now Ozil has waded into the debate, siding with his club teammate, rather than compatriot Kroos.
Along with a GIF of Aubameyang wearing the Black Panther mask, he posted: “The best goal celebration!”
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On Thursday, Aubameyang responded to the criticism, explaining his reasoning behind the celebrations.
He posted on his Twitter account: “By the way, does this Toni Kroos have kids? Just to remember I did it for my son few Times and i will do it again.
“I wish you have kids one day and make them happy like this Junior School pupils Talk and don’t Forget #maskon #staysafe”, while he also included an emoji of a clown.
Kroos subsequently replied saying he had three kids, but it remains to be seen whether the social media rivalry will continue. It’s a beef that is particuarly puzzling as the two have never played for the same team and rarely come head-to-head in competitive action.
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