Arsenal's Ozil absent after penalty woe
Mesut Ozil was missing from Arsenal's squad for the clash against Sunderland on Saturday just days after his penalty blunder in the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
Ozil's poor penalty was saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the early stages of the last 16 first leg tie at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday and Arsenal never recovered as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
The Germany midfielder's performance against Bayern was as tame as his spot-kick and, after several weeks of lacklustre displays from Ozil, even Gunners manager Arsene Wenger concedes his �42.5 million club record signing is lacking confidence at present.
"Is he over it now? Certainly not, because 48 hours is a short time to get over that, but it is part of the job as well to deal with disappointment and to show that you can respond to it," Wenger said on Friday.
"What is important is always the team and you never want to hurt any player, but you don't want to give him any favour. You have to pick the team who can win the next game."
With Ozil absent, Wenger restored French striker Olivier Giroud to the starting line-up, while Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky also returned to the team.