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'They play with passion and all of their heart'

Much of this summer’s speculation centred around the futures of Alexis and Mesut Ozil.

The duo were linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium, but they both stayed in north London and featured in our convincing win over Bournemouth.

Mesut Ozil played a key part in Alexandre Lacazette’s goal and Alexis was an effective second-half substitute, and Petr Cech says the pair answered their critics with their performances on Saturday. 

“I spoke with Alexis and he wants to win,” Cech said. “Some people say, ‘He does this, he does that’,but I think he’s a guy who plays with all of his passion and all of his heart. 

“You could see that in his performance. He knew he came late back, the manager opted not to risk him, put him on the bench so he was ready to come on. He came on and you could see he put a shift in. 

“Mesut was outstanding as well, like everybody else. Defensively, offensively, he put a huge amount of work into the game. That’s exactly what we expect and what we want.

“After what happened two weeks ago, we needed to win the game and get back to winning ways and I think we did it in style, in the right way from start to finish. We played some really good football, scored some nice goals and created more chances. 

“In the end. unfortunately we ended up with 10 men for the last 13 or 14 minutes and we managed to come through that, kept a clean sheet to get the result we needed so it was a good response.”

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