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Mesut Ozil gets support from Champions League rival

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has the skills to shut critics up and if given time will shine in the Premier League, according to Bayern Munich rival Mario Gotze.

Ozil struggled desperately in last month's Champions League last 16 first leg clash between Arsenal and Bayern, missing a penalty before toiling out wide as Bayern romped to a comfortable 2-0 win at the Emirates.

That performance has seen Arsenal's £42.4m man come under scrutiny from all quarters, but Gotze has decided to come out in support of his German international colleague on the eve of tonight's second leg at the Allianz Arena.

Gotze told the Daily Mail: "Mesut is a friend and colleague of mine (in the national team),' said Gotze.

"He is a very skillful player and I wish him all the best for his future at the club."

'Arsenal is a great team, and Mesut is a great player. But the side has lots of great players so we need to be prepared to face the whole team and stay focused on what we need to do."

The 25-year-old has the perfect opportunity to remind Arsenal and Bayern fans of his quality later this evening, when Arsenal bid to overturn a first-leg deficit in Bavaria.

Wenger's men should be buoyed by a 4-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup last weekend, a victory which saw Ozil open the scoring and star throughout to move the Gunners within two matches of lifting silverware for the first time since 2005.

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Mario Gotze
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