Against Hull on Saturday Mesut Ozil spurned a fantastic chance in the first half to score his first goal since December 10th, when he looped home a header against Stoke.
Since then he has failed to find the target, and looked a shadow of the player who had been so effective and scored 8 times previously during the campaign.
He definitely looks less able to impose himself on the games at the moment, and with Bayern Munich away from home on Wednesday, that’s something even Arsene Wenger admits is a bit of an issue.
“I felt he was not completely confident technically today,” he said of the German’s performance against Hull.
“That’s a problem because you think he can deliver something special. It’s true that technically he did things today that he is not used to doing.
“I don’t know. It can happen. I can’t think of a specific reason. I had a chat with him yesterday and he looked all right. Maybe it’s time for him to score a goal.
“He needs to find confidence again. He misses chances that don’t look infeasible for him.”
It must be something that’s giving Wenger pause for thought, but he’s still viewing Wednesday night’s game as a chance for his side to get a good result.
“We’ve had bad experiences against Bayern but we have already won there as well,” he said.
“We play the first game away from home – so it’s important that we protect the second game. I feel to have a chance to qualify in the second leg that will be very important.
“So we must go there, not hide but defend well as a team.”
Whether Ozil is part of that team remains to be seen.