Mesut Ozil has issued an apology following our 4-0 thumping at Anfield yesterday.

If nothing else, it’s good to see Ozil’s PR team is in work, right?

The German – or one of his PR reps – took to Instagram to post a lengthy apology following that pitiful defeat yesterday. Players tend to shy away from social media after big defeats, but Ozil felt the need to post something before flying off for international duty.

Blame us, shout at us, criticize us, but I’m also very disappointed about today’s game 😠. We wanted to achieve a positive result before the international break but we were simply not good enough during the 90 minutes and Liverpool deserved the win without a doubt. Usually I’m too angry to post on social media after such frustrating days like today, but I don’t want to let this match go uncommented before traveling to the DFB Team. Nevertheless… Gunners, I’m sorry – especially for the fans who travelled all the way up to Liverpool to see us fighting. But we will try everything to improve in the next game and bounce back from the disappointment we are all feeling at the moment 👊🏼 #LFCvAFC @arsenal

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I don’t want to be too cynical about this, but Ozil and his team do know how to tug at the heartstrings of the Arsenal supporters. Ozil did cut a forlorn figure at the final whistle yesterday, and I believe the frustration and sadness at the result probably was genuine.

Any professional player with any sort of pride would have felt that way after such a performance. Sadly, we’ve been here before many times. The players often promise to come back stronger and better having learned their lessons, but they never do learn.

So the cycle repeats itself. Fans don’t want to see written apologies, no matter how sincere. They want to see improved performances on the pitch, so nobody has to experience this again.

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