Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal winning FA Cup after not attending Wembley final

The German wasn’t at Wembley as Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday’s FA Cup final, in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace.

Mesut Ozil sent a message of congratulations to his Arsenal teammates as the Gunners won the FA Cup in the German’s absence on Saturday.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the Gunners come from a goal down to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, after Christian Pulisic had opened the scoring for the Blues early on in the match.

Ozil wasn’t at the game having been told by manager Mikel Arteta earlier in the week that he wasn’t going to be in his matchday squad, which featured nine substitutes.

Instead, the playmaker watched the match in Turkey as he continued his Gunners absence, which has now stretched to five months as Arteta has failed to pick him since football’s restart.

Taking to his Instagram account, Ozil posted a picture of Aubameyang with the trophy, and wrote: “Great job my boys!” along with his by now trademark #YaGunnersYa hashtag.

Arteta was asked about the absence of both Ozil and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from his squad after the match.

“We don’t have Matteo here and Mesut but they deserve credit as they played their part,” he said.

He was then pressed on just why they were absent but simply replied: “Let’s enjoy the moment.”

Elaborating on his side’s win, he said: “It was a difficult start when we conceded so early. If I know something about these players, is that we weren’t going to give up.

“We played probably the best 30 minutes after since I arrived. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.

“It is a double reward for us. It is really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We all did it so I am so happy.

“The players were completely knackered and they made a massive effort through the coronavirus to keep fit so I am so happy for them.”