Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refuted claims that the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are intrinsically linked to the Gunners finishing in a Champions League spot. He believes the former La Liga duo – who have stalled on signing new contracts until the end of the season – are committed to Arsenal and take responsibility for the part they’ve played in the club’s outcome.
When asked if the recent upturn in form from Ozil and Sanchez proved their commitment to Arsenal, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course. Maybe one day I will be able to speak about that, but I don’t question, at the moment, their focus and their determination because every game they turn up and give strong performances. The Gunners boss denied that failure to finish in the top-four would see them leave.
“No, because they are part of the results as well. Like I am. Overall, I think first of all they are under contract and secondly they behave like they want to be in the Champions League and like they want to be at the club. They don’t behave like players who are disinterested in the future of the club,” added Wenger.
Arsenal face Everton in their final Premier League game and need a win to stand a chance of a top-four finish, while hoping Manchester City or Liverpool suffer a heavy defeat. Arsenal are 5/1 to finish in the top-four of the Premier League this season. Can the Gunners deliver?