Why Mesut Ozil had to be calmed down after his substitution against Valencia

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Currie/BPI/REX (10232956an) Arsenal manager Unai Emery consoles Mesut Ozil as he is substituted Valencia v Arsenal, UEFA Europa League - Semi-Final - 2nd Leg, Football, Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, ESP - 09 May 2019

Mesut Ozil was handed a yellow card for time wasting against Valencia and the Arsenal star could not help but take a swipe at the angry crowd as he made his exit. Unai Emery decided to substitute Ozil with the Europa League semi-final second leg game at 2-2, 5-3 to Arsenal on aggregate, and the German took his sweet time to head towards the touchline.

Ozil was shown a yellow card for time wasting and had abuse hurled at him from the unimpressed Valencia crowd. The jeers continued as Ozil made his way off the pitch in the 61st minute and the playmaker brought his hand to his mouth to shush the home supporters.

Soccer Football - Europa League Semi Final Second Leg - Valencia v Arsenal - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - May 9, 2019 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil gestures to the Valencia fans after he is substituted off REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Ozil continued to taunt the fans inside the Mestalla Stadium before Emery guided his player onto the bench. And with Valencia chasing an epic comeback, Arsenal hit them with a killer blow in the 69th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into a 3-2 lead on the night, 3-6 on aggregate, to derail Valencia’s hopes of an epic comeback.

Arsenal were ahead 3-2 soon after Ozil’s substitution (Picture: Getty) Arsenal came into the game with a 3-1 lead from the first leg at the Emirates, but fell behind to an eleventh minute Kevin Gameiro goal. Aubameyang put Arsenal back in control six minutes later before Alexandre Lacazette made it 2-1 for the Gunners in the second half. Gamerio struck again to give Valencia hope before Aubameyang completed his hat-trick in the final 20 minutes.

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