Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had to face endless questions over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil this season, with the pair yet to extend their stay at the Emirates past next summer, but he believes they want to stay and pointed to recent performances as proof of their commitment.
Sanchez and Ozil were heavily criticised by pundits and supporters when Arsenal’s spiralling form saw them eliminated from the Champions League and falling out of the top-four. But the former La Liga duo have led a resurgence with eight goals scored and created in their last seven games, of which Arsenal have won six, and Wenger says their showings prove they’re interested in a future at the club.
Speaking on Arsenal’s official website, Arsene Wenger said: “I don’t question, at the moment, their focus and their determination because every game they turn up and give strong performances. They behave like they want to be at the club. They don’t behave like players who are disinterested in the future of the club.”
The Arsenal manager also denied suggestions that the club could struggling to keep them, highlighting how they are part of the club’s failures as well as success. “No (it won’t be tough to keep them if Arsenal don’t make the top-four), because they are part of the results as well. Like I am. They are under contract.”
Arsenal face Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, where a win could see them finish in the top-four should Liverpool or Manchester City come unstuck in their respective outings.
Sealing Champions League football would strengthen Arsenal’s position in negotiating new deals for Sanchez and Ozil given the two players have been in the illustrious competition for years.