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Another year of shortcomings for Arsenal

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It was a year to the day that Arsenal faced Bayern Munich at the same stage of the Champions League earlier this week, yet last night's result felt a lot like deja vu.

Like last year Bayern Munich walked away with the spoils, whilst Arsenal are left to contemplate their shortcomings yet again. The positives for Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger are that at least this year they showed a fight which was devoid of last year's encounter.

The downside however is very much Mesut Ozil. Ozil's performance embodied every aspect of Arsenal's weaknesses. His lack of fight, belief and ability to perform at the best of his ability ultimately cost his team a much needed win.

If you disagree please take a look at his pathetic excuse for a penalty. And before leaping to his defence cast your mind back to his penalty against Marseille. Equally abysmal.

I think Jamie Carragher's take on Ozil's penalty is the best assessment "even if you were at school and you saw someone take a penalty like that you would say it was shocking".

When asked for his opinion on Ozil's penalty Michael Ballack (the Godfather of penalties) simply responded with a scornful laugh, which he compounded by saying a player at this level should not find it difficult to score from 11 meters.

One only hopes that Arsene Wenger has taken note so that the next time he wishes to make an example of a player-he can leave Ozil out of the team and reward players like Oxlade-Chamberlain with a full game.

In contrast to Arsenal the German giants had Toni Kroos, whose brilliance can be summed up in one stat-152 passes which yielded a 97% success rate which he capped off with his wonder strike eight minutes into the second half.

Arsenal's best in that regard Jack Wilshere with 130 passes which brought a 65% success rate, good but not good enough especially against the finest team in Europe.

Whilst Kroos and Wilshere (although inferior to Kroos) offered their teams something to shout about.

One has to question the contribution and point of a player like Nacho Monreal. Whatever his talents being a footballer is not one of them. On reflection an injured Kieran Gibbs would have been more effective.

As Arsenal look to the second leg they would do well to remember a few things; they were the last team to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League so they must believe that they can do it again.

Ozil is not a player they can count on and Monreal is not good enough to play at a club like Arsenal.

To beat the best Arsenal have to be at their very best from start to finish and to do that they have to be ruthless and rid themselves of their weakest links.

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