Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Nacho Monreal remarked that the Gunners are privileged to have players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the club.

The left-back was full of praise for the in-form duo recently, hailing the Chilean forward before moving onto the stunning partnership he’s struck up on the pitch with Ozil.

“Both Alexis and Mesut have been around in football for a long time now,” Monreal said.

“Everybody knows what they can do and I have to say, we are privileged to have them in the team. 

“I think all of our rivals when they are preparing to face us, they really have to spend a bit more time preparing for those two. 

“Mesut, for example, he’s the player that threads the play together, and Alexis is a really complete footballer.”

Ozil and especially Alexis are currently the talk of the Premier League. They’re in fantastic form and gelling on the pitch as if they’ve always played together, with a whopping 21 goals and 16 assists between the two of them.

What’s more is that they’re managing to keep fit, which, given Alexis’ recent history, is something of a minor miracle.

Both players have 18 months left on their existing Arsenal deals and tying them down to new ones is paramount for the club’s progress. Not just in terms of having the likes of Ozil and Alexis on the team but the message it sends. It’s a statement of intent.