Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 22nd 2014 Contents Mesut Ozil should not dwell on his
penalty miss against Bayern Munich
and should not be afraid to try another
one when he is ready, according to
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners club-record signing
apologised via Facebook for what proved
to be a costly error when his chipped
spot-kick was saved by German goal-
keeper Manuel Neuer after eight minutes
in the Champions League last 16 first
leg clash at the Emirates Stadium on
The Bundesliga side went on to win
2-0 after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
was sent off for clattering Arjen Robben
in the box. Although their resultant
penalty was also missed, second-half
goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas
Muller all but ended Arsenal s European
ambitions for another season.
Ozil made a promising start following
his £42.5million signing from Real
Madrid at the end of the summer trans-
fer window, but has struggled to make
an impact in the last few months.
Wenger says the latest setback must
not be allowed to play on the Germany
international s mind.
"Is he over it now? Certainly not,
because 48 hours is a short time to get
over that, but it is part of the job as well
to deal with disappointment and to show
that you can respond to it," the Arsenal
manager said ahead of Saturday s Bar-
clays Premier League clash against Sun-
"He apologised after the game, but
I don t think people are shocked by the
fact that he missed a penalty because
Bayern missed a penalty as well.
"He takes his penalties in an unusual
way so people are maybe a little bit less
understanding, but everybody can miss
"It is his way, you accept it or not.
It s his way of taking penalties like that."
Ozil is not Arsenal s designated penal-
ty taker, sitting behind Mikel Arteta and
Olivier Giroud, who were both not play-
ing on Wednesday night.
Asked whether he would let Ozil take
a penalty again, Wenger said: "I believe
that at the moment you 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
after to take any penalty (for a while).
"Incidentally he (Bergkamp) gets a
statue (at the Emirates Stadium) on Sat-
urday, so that doesn t take a statue away
from you and some other people don t
mind and (take penalties) again.
"It depends on how you feel and how
much you want it."
Arsenal will be without full-back
Kieran Gibbs because of a hamstring
injury, and Wenger is likely to rotate his
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho kept his
counsel ahead of today s Barclays Premier
League clash with Everton after making a
habit of throwing verbal barbs in the direction
of his rivals in recent weeks.
Mourinho was less than his usual effusive
self when questioned prior to Saturday s match
with Everton, answering at length only when
directly asked about Chelsea, who have John
Terry available again but are without David Luiz.
Chelsea enter this weekend s fixtures top of
the Premier League by one point from Arsenal
and two from Manchester City, who have a
game in hand.
Asked about City and Arsenal s European
travails, both losing 2-0 in their Champions
League last-16 first-leg clashes, Mourinho would
only consider his side s tie with Galatasaray.
"My Champions League starts Wednesday,"
Asked the potential impact on the Premier
League title race of their rivals defeat, the Por-
tuguese added: "I play Wednesday and I con-
centrate on that."
On the title race, Mourinho, who maintains
Chelsea s approach is only game-by-game, said:
"The table is there. You can look at the table
and see how the table is.
"We are top of the league but we can be sec-
ond if Man City wins the match they have in
"If we win tomorrow we keep the same posi-
Following his description of Arsene Wenger
as "a specialist in failure" last week and the
Frenchman s riposte that he was "embarrassed
for him (Mourinho)", the Portuguese declined
the opportunity to respond in order to avoid a
continuation of the tit-for-tat exchange.
Wayne Rooney was a summer transfer target
for Mourinho, but now appears poised to commit
his future to Manchester United with a contract
reportedly worth £300,000 a week.
"I don t react," Mourinho added.
Rooney is now managed by David Moyes, who
has been succeeded at Everton by Roberto Mar-
The sixth-placed Toffees are three points better
off than Moyes United, last season s champions,
with a game in-hand.
Asked his thoughts on Martinez s tenure at
Everton, Mourinho said: "I don t comment."
Everton s position in the table is in part due
to the performances of on-loan Chelsea striker
Romelu Lukaku, who has netted nine Premier
League goals but has recently been out with an
Mourinho declined to comment on the Belgium
striker, whom he has not spoken to of late and
is ineligible to face his parent club.
"I don t speak about Romelu till the end of
the season," the Chelsea boss said.
"Until the end of the season he is an Everton
One of Chelsea s three Premier League losses
this season was at Goodison Park in September,
but Mourinho does not expect that to have an
"We think we can beat them because we believe
in ourselves," he said.
"We are not influenced negatively or positively
about what happened in the past."
With Terry back after missing three games
Chelsea s defence is likely to be reinforced, even
in the absence of Luiz, who has a concern in his
The former England captain s last eight appear-
ances saw Chelsea concede twice - the Blues
conceded three in his absence - and Mourinho
is pleased to have Terry back alongside Gary
Cahill in defence.
The Portuguese, who last month described
Terry as the Premier League s leading defender
this season, said: "He s not a player that makes
a lot of mistakes. He s a player that normally has
this basic level of performance that gives stability
to the team.
"Every team, especially a team with lots of
young people in other areas, needs stability from
the back and that stability from the back is some-
thing that is keeping us in a good in the league.
Low-key Mourinho keeps counsel
Wenger backing for Ozil
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