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Mesut Ozil challenged to exact ultimate revenge

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Mesut Ozil is over the disappointment of his penalty miss against Bayern Munich, backing the £42.4m man to exorcise those demons to the full at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night.

Ozil failed to beat Manuel Neuer from the spot in Arsenal's Champions League last 16 first leg tie at the Emirates last month, compounding a spell of indifferent form which has seen the 25-year-old come in for considerable criticism.

Wenger restored his record signing to the starting XI against Everton in the FA Cup and was rewarded with a strong performance, which included scoring the opening a goal in a 4-1 win, his first since December.

A return to form will be tested to the full tomorrow night though, with Arsenal facing the daunting prospect of overturning a two-goal deficit to the reigning European champions away from home.

Wenger believes Ozil is in the right frame of mind to spearhead a comeback though, backing the star to find his very best form in an Arsenal shit if given time.

He told the club's official website:  “I like the way he finished [Saturday's match], calm in a convincing way. He made great runs and he was absolutely outstanding from the first to the last minute.

"I think he is over it [the penalty miss]. He has a good opportunity to show on Tuesday how good he is.

"I think it affected him mentally too much, the penalty he missed against Bayern. It was not only physical, it was mental.

"Psychologically sometimes the wound is like a physical one. You can talk and talk and talk, but it takes time. You just have to leave it to time."

Arsenal are gearing up for a decisive moment in their campaign across the competitions over the next month, with the Bayern clash followed by Premier League tussles with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.

Throw in an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium and Ozil has plenty of opportunities to prove his worth between now and the end of the season.

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