Arsenal manager hails German ace

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil has moved on from his mental torture after he missed a penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The French boss believes that the record Arsenal signing is now focused once again as the Gunners travel to the Alliance Arena for the second leg round-of-16 clash.

The German international was publicly criticized for the spot-kick miss, which was a key moment before Bayern Munich capitalized to win the tie 2-0 at the Emirates. The game also saw Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off for a rash challenge on Arjen Robben.

“I think it affected him mentally too much, the penalty he missed against Bayern. It was not only physical, it was mental,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“He had the feeling he let the team down at a very important moment of the game, that affected his performance very much.

“Psychologically sometimes the wound is like a physical one. You can talk and talk and talk, but it takes time. You just have to leave it to time.

“I think he is over it. He has a good opportunity to show on Tuesday night how good he is.”

Ozil was in inspired form as he led the Gunners to a 4-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, and Wenger hopes that his cutting edge will remain for the remainder of the season.

“I would like him to find the right balance between being a provider and finisher,” the Arsenal boss said.

“At the moment the balance is a bit detrimental to the finishing.

“His strong side is providing, but he is pacey, much quicker than people think he is, and with that technical quality and that pace, if he gets into the right areas and with the service he has, he can score goals.”


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