Ozil lacking confidence, feels Arsenal coach Wenger

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Arsenal’s football club’s record signing Mesut Ozil is not playing his A-game, as per chief coach Arsene Wenger as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League pre-quarterfinals on Wednesday.

“It’s time for him to score again. Maybe he will find confidence back as well, because he misses chances. He has chances and he misses the chances that don’t look not feasible for him,” Wenger was quoted as saying by ESPNFC on Sunday.

“I felt he did not feel confident (against Hull). It’s always a problem because you think he can deliver something special but it’s true that technically he missed things that he is not used to.”

The Germany playmaker has endured a lean patch, having not scored since the win over Stoke on December 10.

“I don’t know — it can happen,” Wenger said, when asked if he knew why Ozil had been underperforming. “I don’t know any specific reason.”

Arsenal returned to winning ways with victory over Hull City and now Wenger is looking forward to the prospect of coming up against Bayern.

“You have to enjoy football,” Wenger added. At the end of the day you have to keep that as well. It’s true that it’s not always easy but it’s important that you feel happy. So what we want is to do well and qualify against Bayern Munich.”

–IANS

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