Arsenal forward and German international Lukas Podolski took to social media to support Mesut Ozil in the wake of intense criticism due to the player’s poor performance against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League knockout tie at the Emirates.
The unused substitute, who might have featured had Arsene Wenger‘s team not been struck with two quick blows in the form of defender Kieran Gibbs‘ unfortunate injury and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny‘s red card, took to Twitter and Facebook to post some comforting words about his team’s result, sought to play down Ozil’s unfortunate penalty miss and urged fans to refrain from making the midfielder a scapegoat for the team’s loss.
Thats football! Trust in Mesut, he will give it back twice in return and make all of us happy. Friends stand together. Let’s go AFC!
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) February 20, 2014
He also vouched for the playmaker to come back even stronger and in doing so, showed the level of camaraderie that exists with his good friend, and teammate at both the club and international level. Podolski’s great gesture is exactly what Ozil needs to regain confidence ahead of a crucial set of fixtures, and it also shows that the entire team needs to stand together to put the Bayern result firmly behind them.