Wenger critical of Ozil penalty style

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
By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

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.


Won the early penalty after ducking inside Boateng but let his side down with a terrible spot-kick straight at Neuer. Some sloppy passing and looked very heavy legged when he tried to track back.
SAVED! NEUER SAVES OZIL'S PENALTY! It's a weak effort from the Arsenal midfielder, down the middle and Neuer merely beats it away! The Germany international keeper does well to read his compatriot's thoughts, but Arsenal needed to capitalise on that golden opportunity there!
The Gunners’ £40 million record signing struck his penalty tamely straight at Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer early on in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night.

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.”