Arsene Wenger says the performances of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 win over Sp*rs in the North London derby are evidence that his faith in them is spot on.
There have been many questions over the duo because of their contractual situation, but the Arsenal manager says his knowledge of them as men assures him they’ll always give their best on the pitch.
The German was today’s man of the match, putting in a scintillating display and getting an assist for the opening goal, while Sanchez’s strike add some comfort to the scoreline.
Speaking about their professionalism afterwards, Wenger said, “If you have to give me one credit, it’s that I’ve never questioned that.
“I know them well and I know that when these guys go on the pitch, they want to win the game.
“They’ve shown their commitment again today. I’ve never questioned their commitment.
“They can have bad games but the problem is that, when a player gets near the end of his contract and has a bad game, everybody says it’s because he’s going.
“Their interest is to play.”
However, the Frenchman did acknowledge that their situations remain complicated. Asked if days like today would help convince them to stay, he said, “I’ve been in this job long enough to know that’s not enough.
“The quality of the contract has to be good and enough for them as well. I am convinced that they love the club and they love the team.
“All the rest will be decided. When? I don’t really know. I’m not alone in mastering that.
“The whole thing has to be right and they have to be happy. I believe that they love the club, they want to stay, but there are other top clubs out there who offer good contracts as well.”
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