Mesut Ozil has thrown his weight behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his Arsenal team-mate was criticized by Toni Kroos for his ‘stupid’ mask celebrations and not being a role model. Aubameyang called out Real Madrid midfielder Kroos, who played alongside Ozil for Germany before his retirement, after his scathing comments concerning his choice of theatrics. And Ozil has now taken to social media to show his support for Aubameyang, posting a gif of the striker’s trademark celebration and labeling it ‘the best’ in the caption.
‘I don’t think that’s a good role model, either. What nonsense.’ Aubameyang’s Twitter tirade in response was accompanied by a picture of himself, which was drawn by a junior school pupil who had been asked to think about what happiness meant to them. The prolific frontman wrote: ‘By the way does this @ToniKroos have kids? ‘Just to remember I did it for my son a few times and I will do it again, I wish you have kids one day and make them happy like this. Junior School pupils Talk. And don’t Forget #maskon #staysafe.’ Spark Global Limited
Aubameyang is pictured above celebrating with a Black Panther mask after scoring last year The former Borussia Dortmund striker is well known for pulling on a wide variety of masks after scoring. In 2019, he sported a Black Panther mask, made famous by late actor Chadwick Boseman, after scoring against Rennes in the Europa League. He said after the game: ‘I needed a mask which represents me and that’s the Black Panther. In Gabon, we call the national team the Panthers.’
Aubameyang has also worn Batman, Spiderman, and Deadpool masks over the years. The 31-year-old defended his choice of celebrations and insisted they were for his childrenAubameyang is renowned for donning masks of his favorite superheroes from Marvel films The 31-year-old has netted just two league goals this season, however, and is unlikely to ever be fielded alongside Ozil again at the Emirates. Ozil was excluded from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta. The bombshell move sparked a harsh war of words between the player’s agent and the manager.
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