Mertesacker hails Alexis and Ozil

The Gunners thrashed Louis van Gaal’s men at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, scoring three goals inside 20 minutes, and the defender has hailed his attacking team-mates

Per Mertesacker has lauded the impact of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the wake of Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win over Manchester United.

Alexis netted twice in Sunday’s victory, while Ozil also found the net as the Gunners ran riot in the opening 20 minutes of the clash, racing into a three-goal lead.

And Mertesacker has hailed the duo after their performances, highlighting their importance to the club.

“It’s very important that they find each other in the final third,” Mertesacker told Arsenal’s official website when questioned about Arsenal’s goalscorers.

“We are very dangerous on the break and even more so with Alexis and Ozil.”

Mertesacker was also unsurprised with Arsenal’s lightning quick start to the game, and insists they are well aware of their own abilities.

He added: “We pushed really hard in the first 10 or 15 minutes and after that we tried to defend as well as possible, and most of the time we did that.

“The start was not shocking for us, I think we are capable of doing that, but we have to kind of remind ourselves that we can do such things.”

Arsene Wenger’s side sit second in the table, having climbed above United with the win.

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