Germany coach speaks on Ozil miss: Losing faith?

What did Jogi Low think of Mesut Ozil's penalty miss for Arsenal?

Mesut Ozil's performance and missed penalty came at just the wrong time for Arsenal and himself personally, with discussion surrounding his poor performances already building.

To all those who had seen him of late, looking far from the vibrant playmaker he did when he arrived, seeing the Gunners' record signing fluff his lines was not entirely surprising.

One who naturally has been keeping tabs on him is national team coach Jogi Low, who was watching the encounter with interest, considering the multitude of squad members on show via both teams.

Low was quizzed on the penalty after the game, and amazingly said he had an intuition Ozil would miss the spot kick.

He told Sky Germany: "I had for Mesut not such a good feeling."

Part of the reason why was the man he was up against, Manuel Neuer, who has trained with the Arsenal man many a time.

"Neuer knows his (preferred) way to shoot well."

While Manuel Neuer is a superb shot stopper, a study across World Cups previously showed a goalkeeper, statistically speaking, has only a 14 per cent chance of saving a spot kick.

With a player as blessed with talent with Ozil, the coach should be backing the attacker to score every time, regardless.

Neuer himself, speaking to German newspaper ZDF, that Ozil's penalty run-up made it easier for him.

"It is important to know that he waits a long time and actually considers only during starting where he shoots."

There was no indication from the German coach Jogi Low that he has any intention of dropping his star playmaker, but he has to be worried about his present mindset and form.

If he had total unwavering belief in his star, he would not have had a 'bad feeling' regarding the penalty. If it comes to a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup, Ozil may have catapulted himself to the bottom of the list.

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