Ozil struggling with spot-kick miss but so did Bergkamp and he’s getting a statue

11:54 21 February 2014

A dejected Mesut Oezil of Arsenal looks on. Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

A dejected Mesut Oezil of Arsenal looks on. Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Arsene Wenger admits Mesut Ozil is still struggling to come to terms with his botched penalty against Bayern Munich but has backed the German to bounce back and likened his miss to one by Dennis Bergkamp.

The club record signing’s form has been called into question after his Champions League fluff and lacklustre display pointed to a player low on confidence, despite an impressive start to life at Arsenal.

Wenger has urged the playmaker not to dwell on the spot-kick blunder during the 2-0 defeat and, with a Bergkamp statue set to be unveiling outside the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, he drew comparisons with the Dutchman’s 1999 FA Cup final replay penalty miss against Manchester United.

“I had examples before, with people like Dennis Bergkamp who missed an important penalty in ’99 and refused after to take any penalty,” the manager said.

“Incidentally, he gets a statue tomorrow so that doesn’t take a statue away from you.

“Some people don’t mind [missing penalties] and do it again.

“Penalties are a part of how you feel – how much you want it.”

Ozil was moved to apologise on Facebook for his miss and Wenger admitted that it is weighing heavy on the former Real Madrid man’s mind.

“Is he over it now? Certainly not. Forty-eight hours is a bit short to get over that,” the Gunners boss said.

“It’s part of the job as well, to deal with disappointments and to show that you can respond to it.

“Yes, he apologised after the game. I don’t think people are shocked by the fact that he missed a penalty because Bayern missed a penalty as well.

“He takes his penalties in an unusual way so people are maybe a little bit less understanding, but everybody can miss penalties.

“It’s his way, you accept it or not.”

But should Arsenal win another penalty in tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Sunderland, it will not be Ozil taking it.

Wenger said: “He’s never been top of the list. It’s Arteta that’s top of the list and if [Mikel] Arteta plays, Arteta will take it.”

Bergkamp was a player who took time to adjust to the Premier League, before making his mark as one of the club’s best ever players, and Wenger is in no doubt that Ozil will do the same.

“I think Ozil is a classy player and on a longer period class tells, always,” the Arsenal manager said.

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I am pleased that Dennis Bergkamp gets his statue, for his class and contribution to the success of the club, and, as well, a forgotten quality in the modern game, his loyalty.

“That’s why I am so happy that he gets one and I wish that one day Ozil will get one outside the stadium as well and I will still be good enough to come a watch it.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Harry Kane celebrates his second goal against West Ham on Sunday (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ex-Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt believes Harry Kane can become an all-time great for club and country.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game against Dinamo Zagreb. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Uche Amako says the club’s record signing is making the most of his peak years.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) celebrates with Olivier Giroud after scoring his side's first goal against Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can defy history by overcoming Olympiacos in Greece next month to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Yesterday, 21:32
Alexis Sanchez scores Arsenal's third goal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Here’s how we rated the Gunners.

Yesterday, 14:11
Chris Dan (centre) scored three of Belsize Park's tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park enjoyed a clean sweep of victories for the second weekend in a row as all of their teams recorded wins.

Yesterday, 13:12
Joe Crossman (right) scored UCS Old Boys' winning try. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys threw away a 14-point lead and found themselves trailing against Bank of England in Herts/Middlesex Division One – but they came from behind and Joe Crossman grabbed a late winning score in a 22-19 victory.

Yesterday, 06:34
Arsene Wenger  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Premier League is more difficult to win that ever, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder