Wenger: You have to respect Ozil's style of penalty, but...

Ozil Throw

Arsene Wenger had mixed comments on Mesut Ozil's penalty.

It could have been so different. Mesut Ozil's missed penalty changed the game against Bayern Munich, and the Gunners did not get away with it.

The German took a short run-up, placing the ball at mid-height down the centre, close enough for stopper Manuel Neuer to firmly push the ball away.

It was the second penalty Ozil has missed this season, the last in the Champions League group stage win over Marseille.

That time he took a similar run up, placing the ball low into the corner, but it was easy for Steve Mandanda to telegraph.

The miss against Bayern saw his manager Arsene Wenger quizzed after the game whether he would be critical of Ozil's style of penalty. 

The French manager offered a mixed response, backing his player's right to choose what is right for him, but admitting it is not his preference.

He told SkySports: "I prefer that people run properly at the ball. Look everybody has his own style and you have to respect it. If he is comfortable like that, but it's his type."

Ozil was only taking the penalty because the club's two preferred takers, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud were not playing, through suspension and in the striker's case, being dropped.

It's unlikely the German will be handed a penalty in the near future, even if he will want to take one to make amends.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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