The German had looked jaded in recent weeks, but looked close to his best in Saturday’s FA Cup 4-1 quarterfinal win over Everton.
Wenger is convinced his club record signing has now recovered from the emotional disappointment of his weak spot-kick and suggests that he is ready to spearhead a comeback for the Londoners.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
He was absolutely in a different physical shape, even if he played nearly 90 minutes on Wednesday night against Chile.
It was quite a tough game but sometimes when you have two tough games like that it helps you to recover.
I like the way he finished, calm in a convincing way. He made great runs and he was absolutely outstanding from the first to the last minute.”
[The missed penalty against Bayern] affected him mentally too much. It was not only physical, it was mental. He had the feeling he let the team down at a very important moment. That affected his performance very much.
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. I think he is over it. He has a good opportunity to show on Tuesday night how good he is.
Wenger handed Ozil his first Arsenal start in nearly three weeks and the German responded with his best performance in months. His last start had been against Bayern and it wasn’t a night to remember. He missed the early penalty and then was forced in to an unfamiliar wide role after Szczesny’s sending off.
The game away to Bayern Munich would be a great occasion for Ozil to show that he is developing a killer instinct. The Gunners need to win by two goals to level the tie and against a side with Bayern’s remarkable strength that is going to be difficult. However, Ozil will feel he owes the Munich outfit as he let himself down in the first leg and will be determined to make amends.
He was very influential against Everton and scored the first goal. He then played a part in the Gunners third and fourth and is starting to look like the player who had been so influential in the Real Madrid midfield in recent seasons. He has proved the old saying that form is temporary and class is permanent.
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