It could have been so different. After singlehandedly winning a penalty with a bit of wizardry, Mesut Ozil had the chance to rejuvenate his Arsenal career by slamming home the resulting spot kick against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
But the midfielder bottled his big moment, stuttering during his run-up and tamely kicking the ball to Manuel Neuer in the opposition goal. The rest of the game passed him by somewhat - although he actually ranked third in the 'distance covered' statistic - with a sizeable section of the football community on social media, and more traditional forms, voicing their discontent.
Still, the chap who just phoned in to the radio demanding that Ozil be fined a month's wages for missing a penalty cheered me up no end.
— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) February 19, 2014
Ozil's socks are still very much on, unlike most of his knackered teammates.
— Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) February 19, 2014
Mesut Ozil is starting to look like a midfield Berbatov. — Jim (@jimbee77) February 19, 2014
This is so Ozil pic.twitter.com/tOaJNPlcbe
— 5th Ballon D'or (@messileftfoot) February 19, 2014
Quick! Slap him, Wenger.
Ozil moving like a slug.. Man always looks baked .. Wenger please slap him
— T-Boy (@dontjealousme) February 19, 2014
Even the Arsenal gaffer couldn't resist having a little pop at the midfielder.
Wenger on Ozil's penalty: "I prefer that people run properly at the ball" — Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 19, 2014
Someone needs to introduce this chap to Jason Puncheon...
— Derek Jestice (@DerekJestice) February 19, 2014
It wasn't just Ozil who shouldered the blame. A lot of stick headed the way of Monsieur Wenger too.
And don't think you escaped, Nacho Monreal...
rather have an injured Gibbs on than monreal
— Marco Reus (@Suelaaa_) February 19, 2014
With Monreal and Ozil already in the dressing room, we're essentially down to 8 men. — Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) February 19, 2014