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No wonder Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil had no chance against Bayern’s big Manuel Neuer

Feb 20, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

This is the best soccer-related element going around social media today. It’s an old team photo featuring two figures who weighed heavily in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win Wednesday over Arsenal – a win that leaves the Bavarian giants in huge control of the teams’ Round-of-16 Champions League series.

What if Mesut Ozil had made his early penalty kick? Might that have turned the match, adding yet more confidence into a Gunners bunch that was punching toe-to-toe with its heavily favored opposition?

We’ll never know. The big German wall that is Manuel Neuer stood his ground and refused to flinch – and then palmed away Ozil’s tentative spot shot.

In the photo (Thanks, by the way, to KICK TV for the tip on this one) you will notice the circles around a young Neuer and a young Ozil:

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  1. dfstell - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    That’s awesome. I love that Neuer was already a keeper at that time.

    As for missing that PK, that’s a big reason why Arsenal could use another striker. I mean, Ozil shouldn’t be your PK guy. Look at other top clubs and they have a plethora of options. Ozil taking PKs doesn’t even sound like a good idea…..and that’s before knowing that he’s been taking PKs at Neuer at practice since they were 10.

  2. erckle31 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Apparently this picture is actually fake. Some guy on reddit confessed to it a couple days ago. He just found an old picture with Ozil and circled a random kid because Neuer and Ozil didn’t even play together at that early age.

    Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/1yfr8u/neuer_i_know_how_%C3%B6zil_takes_penalties_german/cfk79kv

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