Walcott and Ox no match for Ozil and Sanchez – Harry

Date published: Monday 18th January 2016 9:44

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Harry Redknapp believes Arsenal should feel happy to have drawn at Stoke City in the absence of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal have now gone six games without a win at the Britannia Stadium after Sunday’s 0-0 draw, but the Gunners had lost on their two previous visits to north Staffordshire and achieved the result with key men missing.

Redknapp said in his Daily Telegraph column: “They were without their two best players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but they didn’t get beat.

“They may well have done in previous years and I thought they showed a really good attitude throughout the game. Some Arsenal fans might think it was a bad result, but I disagree.

“OK, you can say they looked a bit ordinary without Ozil and Sanchez and they did at times. When I look at players like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, I’m still waiting for them to get going.

“I don’t think they have been at their best since coming back from injury and Arsenal need them to start performing to the standard they have in previous years. They didn’t have the same threat going forward.

“Arsenal need to get Ozil and Sanchez back; the performance at Stoke highlights the fact you can’t lose your two best players at the same time and not suffer for it. It would hurt any team and Arsenal aren’t any different.

“As a manager, you have four or five players you can’t do without. When they are missing you miss them badly. The other five or six, you can move around a bit, take players out and put different ones in and it doesn’t have too much of an effect.

“Without Ozil and Sanchez, Arsenal lacked sparkle in the final third, it was all a bit pedestrian, but, I’ll say it again, they still didn’t get beat.”

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