There is no doubt that Arsenal took the game to Bayern in the first 15 minutes of the first half but they lost the plot as soon as Ozil missed the penalty. Ozil was through on Wilshere’s pass when he turned the defender who the tripped him giving Arsenal the penalty. Ozil was face to face with his childhood school friend Neuer who stopped Ozil’s penalty spreading fear of defeat amongst the crowd which is what happened later.
That time he took a similar run up, placing the ball low into the corner, but it was easy for Steve Mandanda to telegraph.
The miss against Bayern saw his manager Arsene Wenger quizzed after the game whether he would be critical of Ozil’s style of penalty.
The French manager offered a mixed response, backing his player’s right to choose what is right for him, but admitting it is not his preference.
He told SkySports: “I prefer that people run properly at the ball. Look everybody has his own style and you have to respect it. If he is comfortable like that, but it’s his type.”
Ozil was only taking the penalty because the club’s two preferred takers, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud were not playing, through suspension and in the striker’s case, being dropped.