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Ozil can be Arsenal legend, says Wenger

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 21 February 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Mesut Ozil can put his current patchy form behind him and go on to be an icon at the Emirates Stadium, ESPN has reported.

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Wenger admitted that Ozil was hurt by his missed penalty in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek, the Germany international failing to score from 12 yards with the game goalless.

Ozil apologised for the miss in a Facebook post and while Wenger believes disappointment is part of the game, he says Ozil needs a little longer to recover.

“Is he over it now? Certainly not,” Wenger said. “Just 48 hours is a bit short to get over that, but it is part of this job to deal with disappointment and show that you can respond to it. He apologised after the game.

“I don't think that people are not shocked by the fact he missed a penalty because Bayern missed one as well. He takes his penalties in an unusual way, so people are maybe a little bit less comprehensive. You have to accept it or not.

“Look, I believe that at the moment, we 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 to take any penalty again.

“Incidentally, he gets a statue tomorrow, so it doesn't take a statue away from you. Some other people don't mind and do it again. A penalty is part of how you feel, how much you want it.

“I wish that one day Ozil gets one outside the stadium one day as well and I will still be good enough to come and watch it [unveiling]. Ozil is a classy player and on a longer period, class tells always.”

Ozil moved to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, Wenger committing a club record fee to sign the former Schalke player from Real Madrid.

Bergkamp, meanwhile, was bought by Bruce Rioch in 1995 but formed part of Wenger’s title-winning teams, captaining the club on a number of occasions before retiring in 2006.

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