Mesut Ozil has once again shown his true class by giving a young Arsenal super-fan the perfect birthday present for today’s win over Bournemouth.
12-year-old Charlie is a massive Gunners supporter, and has unfortunately been suffering from a brain tumour for the past two years.
It was the youngster’s birthday this week and Mesut Ozil, Charlie’s favourite player, was on hand to make the day another special occasion.
Charlie was invited to the Emirates for today’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth in which Ozil played a starring role, and the midfielder posted a heartwarming Instagram message following the match.
He said: “Proud we could make my young friend Charlie smile again today. #birthdayboy #keepfighting#YaCharlieYa #AFCvFCB”
This isn’t the first time Ozil has invited Charlie to the Emirates Stadium either, making the young super-fan a special guest during last season’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.
The charity My Shining Star started a social media campaign which grabbed the midfielder’s attention last time, and in an emotional Facebook post the charity confirmed that Ozil has kept in touch and is always asking after his fan.
They said: “As many of you know, we managed together to get the attention of the amazing Mesut Ozil for this gorgeous boy- Charlie, who is a massive Arsenal fan.
“Charlie celebrated his 12th birthday this week and was invited to spend today at the Emirates Stadium. He won’t want praise whatsoever but Mesut and his team always ask after Charlie and his progress and do what they can to make his treatment that little more bearable.
“This little boy has defied the odds and has started secondary school this week. Such a huge milestone for a child so unwell. Isn’t he just amazing?????
“We cannot thank Mesut enough, along with his amazing, amazing team. It means the absolute world to Charlie, to his family, to us.
“Thankyou Mesut, you have such a kind heart. xxxxxxx”