Thursday 29 January 2015

It's the Arsenal Christmas Party - and Mesut Ozil is really Superman

Published 20/12/2013 | 11:08

The Hulk, Superman and Action Man: Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Bacary Sagna pose for a quick picture before going back to the day job of saving the world. Instagram/Poldi_official
Bananas in Pyjamas: England teammates Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs co-ordinated their fancy dress beforehand. Instagram/Poldi_official
Super Santi Cazorla dressed up as everyone's favourite plumber Super Mario. Facebook/Wojciech Szczesny
Holy bill of rights Batman! Lukasz Fabianski had the audacity to go as Robin. The last Robin at the Emirates didn't end in a happy story for the Gunners... Facebook/Wojciech Szczesny
To infinity, and beyond! Nicklas Bendtner arrived dressed up as Woody's partner in crime Buzz Lightyear. Facebook/Wojciech Szczesny
All together now - Spiderman, the Bananas in Pyjamas, Captain America, Captain Jack Sparrow and the rest of the superhero team pose together at the Gunners Christmas Party. Twitter/@JackWilshere
The Incredible German: Lukas Podolski went as Bruce Banner's angry alter-ego. Instagram/Poldi_official

Superman, Batman, Action Man, Captain America, Spider Man, the Bananas in Pyjamas, Captain Jack Sparrow, Zorro, Fred Flintstone, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Santa Claus, RoboCop, Mr T and many more…all the big names turned up for the Arsenal Christmas party as the Premier League leaders hit the streets of London in full-blown fancy dress.

Filmed by Wojciech ‘RoboCop’ Szczesny and Lukas ‘The Hulk’ Podolski throughout the night, the Arsenal squad celebrated the festive season in style as they made their way on the fancy-dress party bus towards their final destination – West-End nightclub Libertine.

It may not be the open-top bus parade that the Gunners’ faithful crave so much, but it certainly comes as a close second with many startled Londoners’ seeing the players out and about on Wednesday night.

And while the Gunners were out celebrating, their fierce rivals Tottenham were crashing out of the League Cup via the 2-1 defeat to West Ham. But by these pictures, they were clearly having too much fun to take notice.

Mesut Ozil went as Superman, perhaps in relation to his arrival at the Emirates appearing the save the Gunners from another season of mediocrity, while his midfield teammates Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey went as Batman and Rambo.

So used to having a Robin among their ranks, Lukasz Fabianski came as Bruce Wayne’s nerdy sidekick, with the last Robin to grace the Emirates currently plying his heroics at Manchester United.

‘Enforcer’ Per Mertesacker came as Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean, although we cannot confirm if he drank all the rum, and England duo Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs certainly got a good laugh as everyone’s childhood favourites the Bananas in Pyjamas.

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