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Arsenal's Ozil is back after Champions League exit, says Wenger

Arsenal's Ozil is back after Champions League exit, says Wenger

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has said that midfielder, Mesut Ozil's focus is back after the German star ended a rough spell with a goal and an assist in the club's 3-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night. "We wanted to do it before now".

It's been nearly two months since they last won in the Premier League, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims there is nothing wrong with the players' mentality.

The Hammers have endured a hard second season under boss Slaven Bilic and five successive Premier League defeats have dragged them into a relegation battle.

Wenger's pre-match mood was not improved by injury robbing him of goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina, which handed a rare Premier League start to Emiliano Martinez.

"We have a little handicap on the points front". As players, we are just thinking about the next game.

'It is not like we realise now that we need points, we know that. Ozil and Sanchez combined down the left, with the former's cutback guided inside the near post by Walcott.

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"I didn't lose my belief in them, they are good players".

The 28-year-old has been heavily criticised during Arsenal's tough start to the calendar year, with many questioning his attitude and work rate.

"In the first half he was good, but the recovery time was basically long for him so that's why we made a decision to change him, to save him for Saturday. I am not talking about blame - there is no point talking about that", Bilic told a news conference. The Croat labelled as "very vital" the match with Swansea City on Saturday and was relieved that the south Wales club lost when on course for three points last night.

Bilic is optimistic he will have key players Andy Carroll, who felt his groin and went off during the second-half at the Emirates Stadium, and Michail Antonio, who was suffering from sickness, ready for Saturday.

Arsenal had the best of the first half, but it was after the break they took control of the game.

Germany global Ozil - making his 150th Arsenal appearance - has come under fire for lacklustre displays this season and the ire aimed in his direction increased during a run the Gunners took into Wednesday's game that had seen them win just three times in their last 10 matches in all competitions.


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