Arsene Wenger on Mesut Ozil penalty miss: It’s good news for England

Arsene Wenger jokes Mesut Ozil's penalty miss is good news for England after Arsenal were 2-0 winner against Marseille

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Mesut Özil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in September Photo: Instagram/Lukas Podolski

Arsene Wenger has joked Mesut Ozil’s penalty miss in a 2-0 victory over Marseille on Tuesday night is “good news” for England ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who joined in a club-record £42.5m deal from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, was handed the chance to double Arsenal’s lead after Jack Wilshere’s first-minute opener.

However, the Germany international was denied his fourth Arsenal goal after his tame spot-kick effort was easily saved by Marseille’s experienced captain Steve Mandanda.

England have an abysmal record against Germany in penalty shootouts in major tournaments, being eliminated at the semi-final stage of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996.

And Wenger saw the funny side of the Ozil’s error.

“That’s good news for England, maybe! I agree that everybody can miss a penalty. I think his run-up to the ball was a bit short, but it’s the way he takes them,” said Wenger after the Champions League win.

Wenger was also impressed by former target Florian Thauvin, who injected life into Marseille after being introduced as a second-half substitute.

“I think when he and Valbuena came on they were more incisive and more dangerous going forward,” he added.

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