Mesut Ozil has returned to the Arsenal side to face Cardiff City on Tuesday night – and Gunners fans have been left slightly confused.
The German ace has been left out in the cold by Unai Emery in recent weeks, with his last start coming during the 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.
But Emery has handed him a surprise start against Cardiff this evening, as the Spaniard shuffles his pack somewhat ahead of Sunday’s game at Manchester City.
Ozil starts at the tip of a midfield diamond, with Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi behind him and Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a front two.
Emery’s decision to bring Ozil back into the side and name him as captain has certainly caught plenty of Arsenal fans by surprise.
Given how he has been treated in recent weeks – with many failing to really understand Emery’s handling of the situation.
Here’s a selection of what’s been said on social media.
Ozil captain ? Emery is confusion. https://t.co/jGoSAHbUvP
— Adé (@Ade_W) January 29, 2019
Genuinely have to admire this very confusing message the club is giving on Ozil. https://t.co/X0M3aXbjNj
— Panda Monium (@arsenalpanda11) January 29, 2019
Ozil captain. This club 😂😩🙄
— Mike (@MikeKerr14) January 29, 2019
Ozil and Elneny 😳🙈 that’s a surprise! Come on you Gunners 🔴⚽️
— The Emery Way (@Emerys_Elite_11) January 29, 2019
OZIL STARTING THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/L3zamG6mPn
— The Emery Effect (@AFCD0N) January 29, 2019
Told you guys Emery isn’t an idiot. Ozil starts.
Maybe it was all a ploy to keep him fresh for the 2nd half of the season Man can hope. 🤔
— Manas (@ozilshmozil) January 29, 2019
Ozil starting ??? Turn that up ! https://t.co/Hd2sjix7lR
— #freeKEMBA (@Yaphet_G) January 29, 2019
Ozil madness incoming
— Ish (@IshaqqWilliamss) January 29, 2019
Ozil captain tonight. He must have been amazing in Paintball #ARSCAR
— Derek Goulding (@derekgoulding) January 29, 2019
Ozil is starting finally since 1759 😒
— Alexander Del Bolloti 😀 (@Debolex) January 29, 2019