German has struggled for form of late in the capital.
Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil has apologised for missing a crucial spit kick in the north London club’s disappointing 2-0 loss to holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League round-of-16 clash at the Emirates on Wednesday night, according to reports in the Guardian.
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The Germany international, who cost the Premier League giants a whopping £42.4m to buy from La Liga outfit Real Madrid on transfer deadline day last September, endured a difficult evening in the capital against the Bundesliga champions.
Ozil was guilty of missing the home side’s best opportunity when he tamely chipped an early penalty straight at his compatriot and childhood friend Manuel Neuer in the Bavarians’ goal when the scoreline was still goalless in what turned out to be an absolutely pivotal moment in the tie.
And now the 25-year-old has said sorry to the Gunners fans on his Facebook page, writing: “The next morning doesn’t feel better either. Sorry guys – it wasn’t planned that way. Outnumbered it was really hard to win against this team.”
After the full-time whistle, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that Ozil’s failed spot kick affected the rest of his display: “I think it affected Mesut. He was still shaking his head five or 10 minutes after that. It had a huge impact on his performance. Confidence is your petrol in the team – it gives you the desire to play.”