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Ozil apologises for Arsenal display in Bayern loss

Ozil apologises for Arsenal display in Bayern loss
LISTEN FEB 20, 2014

Mesut Ozil has issued an apology to Arsenal fans for his performance in the 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The German playmaker missed a penalty he had won in the early stages before being used as an auxiliary defender on the left wing once Wojciech Szczesny had been red-carded, with the former Real Madrid man heavily criticised for a supposed lack of work rate.

Writing on his Facebook page, Ozil said: "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."

Arsenal began brightly at the Emirates Stadium, drawing Manuel Neuer into a couple of important saves - including his parry from a tame Ozil penalty. From there, Pep Guardiola's side grew into the match and dominated once they had the man advantage.

Although David Alaba missed a penalty for the Germans, goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller secured a commanding lead ahead of the return leg in Munich.

As for Ozil, Wenger said: "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."

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