Mesut Özil ‘sorry’ for Arsenal loss

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Mesut Özil has apologised to Arsenal supporters following the club’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter, during which the German missed a penalty.

The Gunners midfielder fluffed his lines after earning the spot-kick, with his tame effort easily repelled by Manuel Neuer. A successful conversion would have placed the home side into the lead but, shortly after Özil spluttered for Arsenal, the wheels came off completely.

Arsenal soon conceded a penalty themselves as Wojciech Szczesny’s challenge on Arjen Robben was deemed worthy of a red card but, while David Alaba missed from 12 yards, the encounter would have only one outcome.

Toni Kroos found a way through for Bayern with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the Arsenal area, before Thomas Muller as good as ended the tie with a diving header in the closing stages.

Given that he arrived for a hefty fee of €50 million, Özil’s performance came under particular scrutiny following the 2-0 defeat by the holders, and the Germany international expressed his disappointment on his official Facebook page.

He said: “The next morning doesn't feel better either. sorry guys - it wasn't planned that way. outnumbered it was really hard to win against this team. #ucl #AFCvBAY.”

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