ALEXIS Sanchez and Mesut Ozil showed why Arsenal must move heaven and earth to keep them at the club…long-term.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud too!
The Fab Four tore West Ham to pieces, eventually, and Arsene Wenger knows the value of his leading front men.
After last night’s 3-0 win against the hapless Hammers who can’t buy a victory, the Gunners closed the gap on fourth placed Manchester City.
Arsenal’s win and City’s defeat boosted the Gunners’ Champions League hopes – and Ozil and Sanchez, in particular, played a major part.
As they will, or should, during the run-in as a fascinating Premier League race enters the final furlong.
Arsene, even with all the speculation about his own future, was the modicum of calm. As always.
After Arsenal had inflicted a fifth successive defeat on the Hammers – leading to more speculation about Slaven Bilic’s future, of course – Wenger praised his main men.
After a frustrating first half Ozil, on his 150th appearance for the Gunners, fired home from the edge of the box after being gifted possession by Jose Fonte.
And the German, after playing a one-two with Sanchez, crossed for Walcott – captain for the day in the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny – to turn home from eight yards.
Giroud curled in a fantastic third after being picked out by fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. A satisfying night all round for Arsene. Eventually.
Ozil, with a goal and an assist, was the man of the match by some distance and Wenger said: “I feel that he’s back physically with focus.”
As quoted on the BBC sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39426761 – the Arsenal manager added: “I know him quite well and I felt that he got hit hard from us going out of the Champions League and it took him some time to recover from that mentally.
“I feel for a few weeks now in training he’s really focused again – and that comes out in the game.
“Of course he deserves credit] We live in a world of extremes – we are always praised maybe more than we deserve it and punished more than we deserve it when it doesn’t go well – but that’s our world.”