Ozil lacking confidence, feels coach Wenger

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Feb 2017 09:26:24


LONDON,

Feb 13,

(IANS),

ARSENAL’S football club’s record signing Mesut Ozil is not playing his A-game, as per chief coach Arsene Wenger as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League pre-quarter-finals on Thursday.
“It’s time for him to score again. Maybe he will find confidence back as well, because he misses chances. He has chances and he misses the chances that don’t look not feasible for him,” Wenger was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
“I felt he did not feel confident (against Hull). It’s always a problem because you think he can deliver something special but it’s true that technically he missed things that he is not used to.”


The Germany playmaker has endured a lean patch, having not scored since the win over Stoke on December 10.
“I don’t know—it can happen,” Wenger said, when asked if he knew why Ozil had been underperforming. “I don’t know any specific reason.”


Arsenal returned to winning ways with victory over Hull City and now Wenger is looking forward to the prospect of coming up against Bayern.


“You have to enjoy football,” Wenger added. At the end of the day you have to keep that as well. It’s true that it’s not always easy but it’s important that you feel happy. So what we want is to do well and qualify against Bayern Munich.”


Ibrahimovic coy on Man United contract extension MANCHESTER United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to commit his future to the Premier League club despite the Swede saying he has fulfilled the requirements needed to extend his contract.


The 35-year-old has silenced critics who suggested he may struggle to adapt to the pace and intensity of the English game, scoring 20 goals since moving to Old Trafford from Paris St Germain on a free transfer in July.
Manager Jose Mourinho said in November that United planned to exercise their option to extend Ibrahimovic’s contract, which runs out at the end of the current campaign, for a second season.