Mesut Ozil apologises for Arsenal penalty miss against Bayern
The German missed from the spot during Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium
February 21st, 2014
Who knows how the game might have turned out if Mesut Ozil had despatched an early penalty for Arsenal against Bayern Munich.
With Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud not on the pitch, the spot-kick duties fell to the German although his weak penalty was saved by Manuel Neuer, with Bayern going on to win the game by a 2-0 scoreline.
Ozil has come in for plenty more criticism after the match, with Arsenal’s record £42.5 million signing failing to catch fire for the Gunners since arriving from Real Madrid and the player has issued an apology to the supporters.
Ozil wrote on his official Facebook account: “the next morning doesn’t feel better either. sorry guys – it wasn’t planned that way. outnumbered it was really hard to win against this team. #ucl #AFCvBAY”
The playmaker shone brightly after signing for Arsenal although the past few months have been a struggle and Ozil seemed visibly shell-shocked on Wednesday after missing the penalty.
Nevertheless, Per Mertesacker has backed his compatriot to show his best form in an Arsenal shirt, while also calling on his other team-mates to respond in the right fashion.
“We have a lot of games here in England and everyone is tired, but it is not just up to Mesut,” said Mertesacker.
“It is up to everybody to encourage and come back, during the game we all need to encourage each other.
“Mesut has played a lot of games and he is a massive player, we need him at his best. Game by game, he will come back stronger.”
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov claimed that Ozil is “tired” although Arsene Wenger will not want his star signing to be producing under-par performances at what is a critical stage of the season.