‘So Proud Of You’, ‘Standing Up To Racists’ – Arsenal Fans Defend Mesut Ozil After Retiring From German National Team

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil sparked shockwaves across the world of football on Sunday evening after announcing his retirement from international football.

Ozil released a statement on his social media accounts explaining his decision in detail.

The 29-year-old revealed that racism against himself and his family played a major factor behind his call.

The 2014 World Cup winner faced criticism from the German media after appearing in photographs with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ozil was later targeted by the far-right party AfD and several other politicians and right-wing media groups.

The playmaker of Turkish origin feels he was made a scapegoat and used to push political agendas.

We took a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to the latest developments.

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Arsenal supporters and football fans in general rallied behind Ozil on Twitter afterward.

Not just Arsenal fans either.

Well I guess if there is one benefit for Arsenal it is that they no longer have to worry about Ozil missing pre-season due to international football tournaments.