Ozil’s Bayern debacle does little to remove ‘big game bottler tag’

Bayern Munich are among the favourites to win this season’s Champions League. The Bavarians may not be the same all-conquering force they were under Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes, but even though they finished runners-up to Atletico Madrid in their initial group, few were expecting them to not make it to at least the last eight, even when they drew Arsenal.

And that billing has not changed, with a 5-1 pasting of the Gunners at the Allianz Arena having made it so the second-leg back at the Emirates Stadium is one only a catastrophic performance can ruin.

Arsenal have been roundly criticised for their showing and the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger has ramped up to new levels in the wake of the result, but some of the Londoners’ players deserve just as much of a panning, including Mesut Ozil…

The German has been talked about as a player who goes missing on the big stage ever since his club-record move to Arsenal in 2013 and he did little to change opinions vs. Bayern.

Indeed, his 24 passes played was a tally matched by the home side’s GOALKEEPER Manuel Neuer, which is startling given that the former Real Madrid midfielder is seen as the Gunners’ chief playmaker. On top of that, he didn’t complete any dribbles and was not dispossessed of the ball once, showing that he really wasn’t getting involved enough in the play.

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