Cech backs Alexis and Ozil to deliver goods


Petr Cech says he has no doubts that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil want to do their best for Arsenal this season after being impressed by their respective cameos in the win against Bournemouth.

Much has been written about both players’ refusal to sign new contracts at the Emirates, however, despite a summer of speculation that culminated in the Gunners accepting a bid from Manchester City for the Chile international on transfer deadline, Cech believes their professionalism will continue to shine through.

“I spoke with Alexis and he wants to win,” Cech said after Saturday’s 3-0 win.

“Some people say, ‘He does this, he does that’, but I think he’s a guy who plays with all of his passion and all of his heart.

“You could see that in his performance. He knew he came late back, the manager opted not to risk him, put him on the bench so he was ready to come on. He came on and you could see he put a shift in.

“Mesut was outstanding as well, like everybody else. Defensively, offensively, he put a huge amount of work into the game. That’s exactly what we expect and what we want.

“After what happened two weeks ago, we needed to win the game and get back to winning ways and I think we did it in style, in the right way from start to finish. We played some really good football, scored some nice goals and created more chances.”

Arsenal’s focus now turns to Thursday’s Europa League game with Cologne before a tricky trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

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