Arsenal man comments on Sanchez, Ozil’s ‘lack of commitment’

Oli Fisher
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Per Mertesacker insists all Arsenal players are committed to the cause, despite the uncertain futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

The duo were linked with exits in the summer as both have deals expiring in 2018, and both are still expected to leave either in January or next year.

Some have claimed that the speculation surrounding their departures has led directly to Arsenal’s struggled so far this season.

Asked if he felt Ozil and Sanchez were fully committed to Arsenal, Mertesacker told Sky Sports: “Yes. Everyone has to do his job 100 per cent otherwise they are not eligible to be on the pitch.

“As long as everyone understands that then we are fine and you won’t get problems from me. If I have a different feeling then it would be addressed.”

The 33-year-old, who is set to become Arsenal academy coach at the end of the season, insisted he had no concerns with the situation.

“I have no problems with players in their final year, that includes me as well,” he added.

“The only issue I’ve got is if they’re not fully committed to what we’re doing here.
“Even if you’re in your final year you have to prove yourself every single day, in order to stay here or to get another contract somewhere else.“A lot of people focus on being on long-term contracts, but that’s not needed. I don’t feel a dip in commitment. We’re in a good front with those who have their contracts expiring.

“It’s similar to me. I’m staying at the club definitely, which makes it a little bit different, but we want to be successful here and everyone is committed to that.”