Arsenal won comfortably against Marseille on Tuesday, with two Jack Wilshere goals, but it could have been even easier.
Mesut Ozil missed a first half penalty, which would have doubled Arsenal's lead at half-time and may be led to Arsene Wenger making some tactical changes to rest players earlier than he did.
Post-match however, the Frenchman did not sound at all concerned about Ozil's miss when asked about it, even making a quip with next year's World Cup in mind.
"That's good news for England, maybe! I agree that everybody can miss a penalty. I think his run-up to the ball was a bit short, but it's the way he takes them."
Whether Ozil will be taking the next one instead of Olivier Giroud, when Mikel Arteta is not on the pitch is another matter, but at least he got the miss out of his system in a situation which ultimately did not affect the team negatively.
The German has tonight responded to Wenger's comments, using his Facebook page to do so, and he took it in good spirits, as is his fantastic relationship with the boss.
"Dear fans, I like the humour of my coach. Also German national team players can miss penalties."
It looks like Ozil too is not letting it affect him. He didn't in the second half, making an assist, and finishing the match having completed 92 per cent of his passes.
A German penalty miss is a rare occurence, but for England to count on that for next summer they would be mistaken, for the Three Lions will likely not even make it as far as a shoot-out if they face Ozil and co.
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