Ozil lacking confidence, feels Arsenal coach Wenger

In fact, Arsenal have been eliminated at the round of 16 for the past six seasons but, despite some question marks over Ospina after a couple of poor displays a year ago, Wenger has backed the Gunners stopper in a big way.

"They will be putting a huge marker down if they knock Bayern out". But there was support in Munich from Carlo Ancelotti, who praised the Arsenal manager's sang-froid under pressure.

Ozil has not scored since December 10 and has been a peripheral figure for many of Arsenal's last fixtures, including the two recent defeats to Watford and Chelsea.

Is there a better way to bounce back than with a victory over Bayern Munchen in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage? It's going to be important for us to move the ball quickly and hopefully play around them, in between the lines to create opportunities.

None of Arsenal's various suspensions apply here (and they're over anyway) - both Arsene Wenger and Granit Xhaka will be available for selection tomorrow.

Bayern haven't been as tight defensively under Ancelotti as they were under his predecessor, and Arsenal nearly always score away from home.

"All our focus is on competing for all of the available titles including the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League so that we can achieve something together", he is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

"I don't know why he is underperforming - it can happen", Wenger said, as quoted by the BBC. "It honours me that there's speculation and talk about it. Pep still has my phone number but he hasn't called me". "We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front", he said.

Mesut Ozil's intelligence and ability to play a pass separates him from many players around the world but he will need to ensure he is in sync with Alexis Sanchez as their link-up play is good enough to unpick any defence in European football. "You can't say that any one offensive player always delivers in every big game". "Their counter attacks are very hazardous for Bayern". Bayern Munich in Valentine's season is apt beyond hilarity. "I will pick the team tomorrow (Wednesday) morning", he said.

"Yes, we've had bad experiences against them", he told the club's official website. "We have gone through the group stage and not lost a game yet".

The time for talk, potential and "it will definitely be better next year" is over; Wenger's Arsenal need to show they can walk the walk just as much as they talk the talk.

  • Julie Sanders