Wednesday Kickoff: Ozil suffers hamstring injury; Wenger hits out at Robben; and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Ozil suffers hamstring injury; Wenger hits out at Robben; and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Ozil suffers hamstring injury; Wenger hits out at Robben; and more

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal shows a look of dejection

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By DAN KARELL

Arsenal’s midfield took another hit on Tuesday evening with the loss of Mesut Özil.

The German international was substituted at halftime of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and following the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that Özil had suffered a serious hamstring injury. After being substituted, Özil was examined by Bayern Munich and German National Team physician Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

“We have to make a scan (on Wednesday) to see how bad it is but he is out for at least a few weeks,” Wenger told the BBC.

Özil joins teammates Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Yaya Sanogo, Kieran Gibbs, Niklas Bendtner, and Nacho Monreal on the short-term injury list, with Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott out for the long term for Arsenal.

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WENGER HITS OUT AT ROBBEN, CALLS HIM A “VERY GOOD DIVER”

Following Arsenal’s 3-1 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening, Arsene Wenger went on the offensive when facing the media.

The Arsenal boss stated that the tie was decided in the first half of the first leg, when Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny was sent off for taking out Arjen Robben in the box and Bayern Munich were awarded a penalty kick. Robben again won another penalty kick on Tuesday, a decision that lead Wenger to call Robben a “very good diver.”

“What made the difference was the decision to send our goalkeeper off in the first game,” Wenger told reporters at the Allianz Arena. “That decision had a huge impact. It was on the same player who got the penalty again tonight and that’s a regret. Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He’s a great player as well a very good diver but it’s part of him.”

Robben was asked to respond following the match and this is what he had to say.

“I always say if you are a big manager, then take your loss … if you win, be happy, enjoy but, if you lose, don’t complain about silly things,” Robben said. “It was two penalties. From a big manager you expect a little bit more.”

BRAZILIAN CHAMPIONS FALL, ATLETICO NACIONAL FIGHT BACK FOR DRAW

A wild night of the Copa Libertadores included defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro falling on the road while Atletico Nacional of Colombia played more than 89 minutes of their match with ten men.

Visiting Defensor Sporting of Uruguay, Cruzeiro fell, 2-0, for their second loss of the group stage. Adding insult to injury, Defensor’s lone Brazilian starter Felipe Gedoz scored twice in the second half to earn the victory. Gedoz’s first goal came via a beautiful free kick from just outside the box. In the 69th minute, Dagoberto took a penalty kick for Cruzeiro but his shot went well wide of the left post.

In Medellin, Colombia, Atletico Nacional were reduced to ten men by Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez after just 25 seconds when Alejandro Bernal was judged to have stamped on the foot of Nacional (Uruguay) midfielder Maximiliano Calzada.

Within 20 minutes, Nacional were up two goals and a man after goals from Carlos de Pena and Santiago Garcia, but the hosts fought back. In the second half, Daniel Bocanegra cut the deficit in half with a header in the 71st minute and then scored a looping drive in stoppage time to earn a thrilling draw.

Elsewhere in Copa Libertadores action, Bolivian club The Strongest defeated Argentine side Velez Sarsfield, 2-0, Venezuela’s Deportivo Anzoategui played Mexico’s Santos Laguna to a 1-1 draw, and Club Leon of Mexico suffered a 2-1 defeat against Ecuador’s Club Emelec.

QUICK KICKS

Both Manchester United and Inter Milan are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata. (REPORT)

Borussia Mönchengladbach have extended the contract of head coach Lucien Favre until June 2017. (REPORT)

Real Madrid defender Pepe has hit out at Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager’s comments about his Real Madrid team, with Pepe backing current coach Carlo Ancelotti. (REPORT)

Heading into a key Europa League matchup with Fiorentina, Juventus manager Antonio Conte has admitted that rotating his starters is necessary to compete in Serie A and the Europa League. (REPORT)

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What do you think of this news? Do you think Ozil’s injury could keep him out for the long term? Could he use the break to recover mentally? Do you agree with Wenger’s comments?

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