Mesut Ozil issues Arsenal rallying cry after Europa League defeat
The Arsenal star sends a message to his Gunners team-mates after Thursday's surprise loss to BATE Borisov
Mesut Ozil has backed Arsenal to beat BATE Borisov in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash at The Emirates next week.
The Gunners suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to the European minnows on Thursday night to cast doubt on their prospects of winning the competition.
Stanislav Dragun scored a 45th-minute winner to secure a narrow lead for BATE Borisov ahead of the second leg in north London next Thursday.
Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette next week after the France international was sent off in the second half in Belarus.
Ozil was a surprise omission from Unai Emery’s match day squad for the Europa League clash despite featuring in training mid-week.
The retired Germany international has now missed a staggering 100 games since his move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal in the 2013 summer transfer window.
Ozil took to Twitter to rally his team-mates after Arsenal’s disappointing 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the Europa League clash.
He wrote on his Twitter page: “Not the result we wanted, but we still can do it in the 2nd leg and reach the next round! Let’s bounce back at the Emirates especially for our fans ⚽👊🏼 #COYG 🔴⚪ #M1Ö #BATARS #UEL @Arsenal”
Ozil has only made 14 starts in all competitions this season, making a further three appearances from the bench.
The World Cup winner became the best paid player at the club when he signed a new deal in February 2018.