Wenger: Ozil and Alexis proved Arsenal commitment in Everton thrashing

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The Frenchman is not worried about the focus of either player after both shone during the Gunners' 5-2 victory over the Toffees

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez showed their commitment to Arsenal in the win over Everton.

Ozil, 29, and Alexis, 28, have both entered the final year of their current contracts at the club, leading to speculation regarding their futures at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez 11/4 FGS v Swansea

Germany playmaker Ozil has been linked with Manchester United, while Alexis failed to secure a move to Manchester City in the summer.

However, both stars put in strong performances as Arsenal thrashed Everton 5-2 last Sunday, which was evidence that the duo are fully focussed on helping the club succeed according to Wenger.

"He [Ozil] is in very good shape physically and is focused, motivated, so I would say yes," Wenger told a news conference when asked if Ozil is back to his best.

"He had a knee problem, it wasn't a massive problem but you never know how much it affects the guys.

"What people questioned is their commitment to the team and the club. I didn’t and what happened on Sunday reinforces my belief even more. What we want from them is to show that week in, week out."

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Everton

The Everton game was the first time in which Ozil, Sanchez and record-signing Alexandre Lacazette started a match together for the Gunners.

Wenger hopes his side continue to provide a platform for the front three to shine when they take on Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

"They can create chances, they can score goals, but I believe as well that up front you depend a lot on the quality of the build-up at the back and at home the speed of our passing will be absolutely important to create chances," he said.

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"We should have a little boost in confidence from the goals we scored at Everton but we need to be highly focused.

"We have no room for missing games anymore because we have had some bad results away from home. I always said we are capable of winning away games, but we also need to preserve our impeccable home record. We need to keep that.

"We know, from the Everton game, that we can win away from home and that is very important."

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