Neuer: I knew how Ozil would take a penalty

The Germany shot-stopper says he expected his compatriot’s languid approach to his spot-kick on Wednesday and has warned against complacency after the 2-0 win

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has insisted that he knew what to expect when Mesut Ozil stepped up to take Arsenal’s penalty in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

The attacking midfielder was awarded a spot-kick after he was fouled inside the area by Jerome Boateng after just eight minutes, but he saw his effort saved one-handed by Neuer.

Bayern went on to win 2-0 on the night after a deflated Arsenal were reduced to 10 men following Wojciech Szczesny’s red card, and the former Schalke goalkeeper admits he was fully prepared for Ozil’s languid approach to the penalty which handed the visitors the initiative.

“I knew he would wait a long time before deciding in which corner to shoot but of course he could have picked any corner.”

The shot-stopper then went on to stress that Bayern cannot afford to lose focus in tie after they were beaten 2-0 at the Allianz Arena by Arsenal last season.

“We still know the knockout phase is all about getting through over two legs,” he added.

“There is still a lot that could go wrong.”

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