Arsenal's record signing missed his second Champions League penalty of the season and his manger was disappointed with the casual way in which he approached the chance
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised Mesut Ozil's penalty taking style and admits he is concerned about the playmaker’s lack of confidence after his miss from the spot in the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Bayern went on to dominate the game and scored through Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller after Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent-off for bringing down Arjen Robben in the penalty area.
Wenger said: “He missed a penalty. I prefer when people run properly at the ball. It’s his style of play, what can I say? We needed to score that penalty tonight.
“He was affected by it. I think he wanted to do so well tonight, it affected him. You could see he will still shaking his head five to 10 minutes later. It had a huge impact on his performance.
“You’re always concerned about the confidence of your players because that’s your petrol for the team. It gives them the desire to go and play.”
Bayern full-back David Alaba missed the German champions’ spot-kick himself but Wenger felt the decision by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli to show a red card to Szczesny ‘killed’ his side’s chances in the game.
“I think the second-half was boring for neutral people,” Wenger added. “It was one-way traffic. The referee made a decision that killed the game.
“In Italy, they send you off for these kind of fouls. I think our keeper genuinely went for the ball. He touched Robben who made more of it - I told him [Robben] that. He has enough experience to know to make more of it.
“I just feel frustrated. It was a great football game until half-time and there was no game at all after half-time.”