Arsenal recorded their second successive 3-0 home win in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Gunners eventually breaking down Stoke at the Emirates.
The goals came courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and a penalty goal, the Gunners’ second of the game, from Alexandre Lacazette.
Mesut Ozil didn’t get on the scoresheet in the victory, but after the game, the German playmaker recalled a cheeky Tweet from Stoke police in August when the Gunners lost at the Britannia Stadium.
The Arsenal star (or more likely one of his army of social media minions) conjured up a vaguely humorous retort, although the ‘banter’ hashtag really does have to go…
.@Policingstoke didn‘t help in the case of robbery last summer so we took matters into our own hands. 🕵🏼♂ Proud to announce we earned three hard fought points today for @TheIwobiEffect and all the other gunners 😉 #Banter pic.twitter.com/wVrFgPKeJh
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 1, 2018
Oh you cheeky little urchin, Mesut!
However, on Sunday, we also saw a darker side to the German, with Hector Bellerin getting a tongue-lashing from the playmaker, who (possibly) appeared to be telling the Spaniard he ‘talks too much’…
Ozil telling Bellerin he’ll see him in the dressing room 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/umUuPEIHAw
— SNM (@JackCook95) April 1, 2018
More importantly for Arsenal, the win sets them up for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final with CSKA Moscow at the Emirates
Alas, the cup-tied Aubameyang can’t play in that game, although he is sure to be pleased with the fact that his five goals in his first six Premier League games is a record for the Gunners.