Arsenal boss Wenger relieves Ozil of spotkick duties

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he's withdrawing Mesut Ozil from spotkick duties after his miss against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he's withdrawing Mesut Ozil from spotkick duties after his miss against Bayern Munich.

Ozil is not Arsenal's designated penalty taker, sitting behind Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud, who were both not playing on Wednesday night.

Asked whether he would let Ozil take a penalty again, Wenger said: "I believe that at the moment you have to let him recover from that.

"I had examples before, with people like Dennis Bergkamp who missed an important penalty in 1999 and refused after to take any penalty (for a while).

"Incidentally he (Bergkamp) gets a statue (at the Emirates Stadium) on Saturday, so that doesn't take a statue away from you and some other people don't mind and (take penalties) again.

"It depends on how you feel and how much you want it."

 
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