Ozil’s revenge? An extra edge to Arsenal’s Bayern Munich showdown

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Gunners' record signing has a very, VERY poor record against Bundesliga giants...

Depending on whether he is an optimist or pessimist, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil will be either delirious or despondent at the Gunners’ opponents in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal were drawn against holders Bayern Munich, the team who knocked Arsene Wenger’s side out of last season’s competition at the quarter-final stage, when they won on away goals.

It is a mouth-watering prospect, a chance for Premier League leaders Arsenal to exact revenge for last season’s defeat against the giants of the Bundesliga.

It is also highly-likely that the Gunners’ record signing Ozil will want to settle his own score with Pep Guardiola’s side, who have menaced the playmaker throughout his career.

Ozil has come up against Bayern 11 times in his career to date, playing in the colours of Schalke 04, Werder Bremen and, most recently, Real Madrid. He has not fared well.

Ozil has tasted victory just once – admittedly, it was in some style, a 5-2 romp for Bremen away to their rivals in the Bundesliga in 2008 – and of the other six occasions he has faced them in the league, he has finished in the losing side twice and drawn on four occasions.

Then, of course, there was the 2012 Champions League semi-final, in which Ozil’s Real Madrid led Bayern 2-0 in the second leg at the Bernabeu, only for Arjen Robben to bring Munich level on aggregate, paving the way for the German side to win on penalties.

There was also a 4-0 defeat for Ozil while playing for Bremen in the 2010 DFB-Pokal, and a 4-1 loss while in the colours of Schalke in the 2006 Ligapokal.

It is a disastrous record for the 25-year-old, and one he will surely want to put right when the two sides do battle again in February.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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