Press conference

‘Alexis was on fire… Ozil was superb’

Arsene Wenger fielded Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis together for the first time at Everton on Sunday - and they each responded with a goal.

The Arsenal manager was delighted with how that trio performed, and this is what he said about them in his post-match press conference:

on if we’ll see it a lot more of them together in the future…
I wish - but I feel the whole team played well. We were tested mentally when we were 1-0 down after a very good start in the game. We couldn’t finish, their keeper kept them in the game and suddenly we were 1-0 down. It was a mental test but we kept going, we kept our focus and slowly the quality of our movement, the quality of our passing gave Everton problems. After that, with the offensive strength we have, of course that made the difference.

on Alexis’ performance…
He was on fire. I believe that he comes back from injury and has worked very hard, Ozil as well. The two of them were sharp physically, very mobile and if you have their individual quality, that makes them dangerous against any defender.

on Ozil’s display…
He was superb. Agile, quick, intelligent. Always at the service of the team with his quality of his passing and when he is at that level, he is an exceptional football player.

on reports about Mesut’s future…
We live in an environment where we have to deal with the news and the players and myself have only always one response, which is what’s happening on the football pitch. When you see Mesut on the football pitch like he is today, enjoying his game like he is today, it’s difficult to believe these kind of things.