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Mesut Ozil misses penalty for Germany against Slovakia

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When Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team reconvene for pre-season training in July, we think we know exactly what training drill they will be undertaking: penalties.

Granit Xhaka will be the first man up after his wild effort for Switzerland handed Poland a place in the quarter-final of Euro 2016, at his country's expense, on Saturday. He was joined 24 hours later by Mesut Ozil, who failed to score from 12-yards against Slovakia.

Germany were already leading Slovakia by one goal to nil when Martin Skrtel's foul on Mario Gomez gave them the chance to double their advantage. Ozil stepped up but Matus Kozacik dived well to his left to make the save.

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That is right. You are not dreaming. A German has missed a penalty at a major international tournament. Who was the last to miss? Well, it is only former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski, who failed from the spot in the 2010 World Cup against Serbia. Maybe playing in England has something to do with it.

And in case you've forgotten, here's Xhaka's miss:

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Poor record

But Ozil was a strange choice for the penalty kick in the first place. The German has taken two penalties for Arsenal during his three years at the Emirates and has missed both of them. One against Napoli and another against Bayern Munich.

After that miss against Bayern, Wenger intimated that the playmaker would never take another penalty. German fans are currently wishing he was right.

Germany v Slovakia - Round of 16: UEFA Euro 2016

He told reporters in 2014: It's part of the job to deal with disappointment and prove you can get on with it. He apologised after the game. I don't think people are shocked he missed, it's just he takes his penalties in an unusual way.

"I believe that at the moment I have to let him recover from that. I have seen this before with Bergkamp, missing in 1999 [in the FA Cup semi-final replay against Manchester United] and refusing after to take any penalties. [But] He gets a statue today."

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