It was a noble thought, Arsenal fans.
Maligned record-signing Mesut Ozil endured a torrid week and a lot of criticism for his penalty miss and subsequent so-so display in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
In a show of effort to pick up their rattled playmaker's confidence, Twitter users started using the #ChantForOzil hashtag in hopes that he'd be warmly received during Arsenal's Premier League match against Sunderland at the Emirates.
Goonerman AFC (@davidhickman14) February 22, 2014
Hassan Ahmed (@91sticker) February 22, 2014
Ozil to the Arsenal Ozil to the Arsenal Ozil to the Arsenal Ozil to the Arsenal Ozil to the Arsenal #ChantForOzil— Hassan Ahmed (@91sticker) February 22, 2014
Problem was, when the team sheets were released, Ozil wasn't even in the squad.
#Arsenal team to play Sunderland: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2014
Oops. Unsurprisingly, Arsenal's rivals were quick to jump on the failed hashtag.
He's not in the squad, He's not in the squad, Mesut Özil, He's not in the squad! #ChantForOzil— Waleed (@Wiat_LFC) February 22, 2014
#ChantForOzil HIS EYES ARE OFFSIDE HIS EYES ARE OFFSIIIIIIDE MESUT ÖZIL, HIS EYES ARE OFFSIDE.— Spurs Views (@SpursViews_) February 22, 2014