Ozil reacts after being dropped by Emery for Arsenal’s big win at Napoli

Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil, has reacted to the club going through to the semi-final of the Europa League on Thursday night. The Gunners picked up a 1-0 win over Napoli in the return leg of their quarter-final clash at the Stadio San Paolo to complete a 3-0 aggregate win.

Ozil was dropped from the starting line-up by head coach Unai Emery, who chose to start with Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka against Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi, was also left on the bench alongside the 30-year-old for the game in Naples.

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during a training session at Stadio San Paolo on April 17, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

But unlike earlier in the season in which the relationship between Ozil and Emery was frosty to the point of suggestions the German would be shipped out by the club in January, Arsenal’s highest paid player would have been willing to sit this one out, with the tactic paying off eventually.

That’s because a free-kick in the 36th minute by Alexandre Lacazette proved enough for the Premier League side to overcome a resilient Napoli side that had two goals rightfully disallowed for offside.

And the German went on social media to express his delight to have witnessed his team-mates get through to the last four of the competition with a win to boot, despite ending up not playing a single minute of the encounter.

“Great job team. Last 4 of the UEL [UEFA Europa League]. Well deserved,” wrote Ozil after the final whistle went.

Arsenal fans responded to his message by expressing their delight at the team qualifying, though, also revealed they missed him on the pitch against Napoli and hoped to see him when next Arsenal are in action.

They really love to see him playing every game, these Arsenal fans

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Next up for Ozil and the Gunners is the Premier League clash with London neighbours, Crystal Palace on Sunday, as Arsenal continue their mission to finish the season in the top four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

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