Arsenal under their new manager, Unai Emery, are hoping for a new dawn and a fresh start after what can be termed as a stalemate of a tenure under Arsene Wenger. And the Gunners indeed excelled to the next level against Emery's former club Paris Saint Germain. After a loss on penalties against Atletico Madrid, Arsenal were to lock horns with the Ligue 1 club and an excellent performance meant the Gunners emerged victorious 5-1.
That, however, isn't the only positive for their captain of the game, Mesut Ozil. Amidst all the tension and drama surrounding his national team retirement, the 92-time capped German international finally had something to cheer about. When guiding his side on the pitch through the tunnel of the Singapore National Stadium, one of the officials approached the playmaker and asked him for an autograph on the yellow card.
Özil is next level,signs referees yellow cards these days pic.twitter.com/meHkm36u5C— M1Ö محمد (@MesutOzilClass) July 28, 2018
And that turned out to be a great omen as it was Ozil who opened the scoring in as early as the 13th minute. PSG equalised through Nkunku, but a brace from Alexandre Lacazette followed by goals from Rob Holding and Nketiah was enough to hand Arsenal a comfortable win.
Meanwhile, handing Ozil the captain's armband was branded by many as a 'controversial' decision, but manager Unai Emery had a perfect answer for it. He said, “My idea is to know every player and to know, also, the personality of the players.
"We want to keep the respect for these players, to find the captain and choose very well the best player for that. My first idea is to have five captains in the team.
"But at the moment, I don't know the names.
"We are looking at who are the players whose personality is the best in the dressing room."