By Avenell Dave
It’s one of the ridiculous aspects of football fandom after a game where we were dominated by the champions of Europe, there has to be a scapegoat.
Yes, Mesut Ozil has missed two penalties for Arsenal and there was an inevitability about his miss against Bayern, which would have put a very different complexion on a game that until that point we were dominating.
I’m not sure how much he was helped by Arsene Wenger, who said that the German international had been affected by the miss during the game and even 36 hours later, would take time to recover.
It was fascinating that in his pre-match press conference on Friday, he reminded us about Dennis Bergkamp missing a penalty as well.
I was at Villa Park when the non-flying Dutchman stepped up for what would have been a last minute winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.
Peter Schmeichel saved it and United went on to win the treble. It was a clear turning point in the season for both clubs and yet Dennis went on to lift more trophies with Arsenal and you can’t question the impact he made with us.
Is Ozil as talented or as capable of making the same impact as Bergkamp?
Time will tell and certainly as our record signing, he has a lot of expectation on his shoulders.
There are many who doubt his ability to change matches and he’s certainly not the swashbuckling superhero some seem to hope he could be.
He needs to be loved and trusted, clearly, which underlines why he left Real Madrid and why he wanted to join Arsenal in the first place.
He was one of the most active runners against Bayern but running around is not, on its own, enough to justify his transfer fee or reputation.
What many of us would like to see him dancing through players or scoring some sensational goals and certainly the subtlety of his contribution is lost on some who watch him play.
It seems as if he won’t start tomorrow, from a fitness and state of mind point of view, and we have players who can come in and take his place for sure – including Santi Cazorla who was unlikely to be withdrawn on Wednesday.
Ozil will be a fine player for us, but if people get on his back as some idiots on Twitter have done, I can’t imagine it will help his adjustment to the English game.
This is one of those games that we have to win – but Sunderland are doing well under Gus Poyet and I do wonder if Vito Mannone will have one of those games where he saves everything (remember Fulham for us a few years back?)
There were so many positives from the Bayern game but using up a lot of energy wasn’t one of them.
Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Wilshere Rosicky Arteta
Oxlade-Chamberlain Giroud Cazorla