Arsene Wenger expanded once more on the contract situations of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez his press conference today. Read all about it here.
Aside from that stuff though, he was asked about the contribution the star duo have been making on the pitch this season, and he hailed the quality and professionalism of both, saying that when they’re on the pitch there are no doubts about their commitment.
If he sounded a little jaded at having to talk contracts, Wenger was happy to discuss what the two record signings – who have 21 goals and 12 assists between them this season – have contributed to Arsenal’s campaign thus far.
“They’ve been hugely important,” he said. “You can talk a lot in a press conference but the most important thing is what the players do on the football pitch.
“The commitment of Sanchez and Ozil is absolutely total for the team’s benefit. I am very pleased with that.
“We are professional football people and people forget many times that the first quality of a professional guy is to give absolutely 100 per cent as long as he is somewhere,and not to project yourself on two years time.
“It’s about here and now. That’s what it means to be professional. Here and now. And fully committed to the cause, that’s what it’s all about.”
Pressed on why he thought the pair had been so prolific in the early part of the season, he said, “I would say that our chances created are cleaner and clearer and that’s why our finishing is better.
“We create good quality chances because we have a good team dynamic. That’s what we want to create at home, I feel away from home we play with freedom because we have a good level of confidence.
“At home we have to let go of the handbrake and play with full flow. Then we will score more goals.”