Wenger praises Bellerin, Ozil and Alexis – And says they should stay at Arsenal

Arsenal are just one Cup Final away from the end of the season, and it will not be much longer before we know whether Arsene Wenger will be still be our manager next season or not. After that we will then be concentrating on the Arsenal transfer rumours for the summer. Our three biggest players that could be moving on for large transfer fees are Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin, and Wenger praised all three of them following our last day win over Everton.

First of all there was Bellerin, who seemed to fit perfectly into our new formation as a wing-back. “It is [tailor-made for him],” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “We have a team who can express the strength of many players in their positions.

“You could see that Ozil is blossoming as well, Alexis, Welbeck and Giroud are all doing well. Overall, it’s great to see that the team is responding very well.

“They have played well and are focused, together, the speed and the quality of our game is great. The team has moved forward well and it’s a pleasure to watch.”

The Gunners finished the season with an excellent run of wins, but the failure to make the Top Four could also have a big impact on the contract situations. But an even bigger immediate blow is that we won’t have Koscielny and Gabriel available for next week’s Cup Final. Wenger continued: “The negative of the day is that we are not qualified for the Champions League and that we lost two centre backs on the same day, a position where you do not expect to lose people. That’s disappointing.

“But overall, I still give a huge credit to the players because what they’ve done is absolutely fantastic. They did fight until the end.”

They fought but they ultimately failed, but Wenger is hoping this good run could help to persuade his stars that there could be better things to come next season. “You would want to think that the players have learned from this difficult period we have gone through and have responded very well. I personally believe that it’s important to keep this group of players together, and they will come back stronger next season.”

I am sure they could bounce back (one of Wenger’s favourite sayings after any failure) but I doubt very much that we will have all of those stars staying, not without Champions League football to help persuade them…



  1. Juhi McLovin says:

    Who in their right minds would like to stay with Wenger?

    Clichy, RVP, Nasri, Fabregas, Song, they all left and actually on a domestic title.

    Only one who left but haven’t won anything significant is Sagna, but I think he was already at that age where he chose the money rather than success.

    1. Juhi McLovin says:


  2. Ace says:

    Juhi beat me to it!!

    Anyways… Sanchez and Ozil are not staying!
    Get it in ur heads!
    Spuds are so better than us!
    Our manager is passed his sell by date!
    Our owner has 6 failing sports businesses!

  3. Chairman Gallant says:

    The biggest piece of business Arsenal can do this summer is to make sure Alexis, Ozil and Bellerin stays. Otherwise I don’t see who we can buy to replace them, especially without champions league football next season. As for Wenger,it is pretty obvious that he will stay may be for another two seasons. Lets hope the ownership of Arsenal exchange hands this summer as that will be our stepping stone to greatness.

    1. Frank says:

      Hahahaha it doesn’t matter who you have in front of Ozil, he is still overrated. He is a Real Madrid flop. The four teams in front of us on the table have better players than him in his position. Hazard, Eriksen, De Bruyne and Coutinho. Please, can people stop saying he is “world class” or that we have to keep him. He isn’t that good and the days of players like him that don’t defend is over. Ozil should go.

      1. Frank says:

        Actually if Sanchez goes and Ozil stays, then you will all see that he hasn’t got it him to lift the team out of a tough game or be a leader. He hasn’t got it in him.

  4. time for change is NOW says:

    No more fourth is a trophy.
    Have a massive clear out.
    Kick out the Owner and Manager.
    A new era.
    A new ambitious manager.
    Give us hope for the first time in 10 long years.

    1. Taxi4Wenger says:

      Yup, no more fourth trophy.

      It will be 6th as the new trophy next.

      And jembut and co will lap it up.

  5. Vanpayslip ain't the type of troll made for you to start testing says:

    Giroud doing well? In which world?

  6. Admin says:

    That is NOT a comment…

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    Intereteing choice of words “they will be stronger for it next season” and not “we”.

    Maybe he is talking about them specifically excluding himself as he is not playing staff, or maybe (I pray this is the case and will give all of my personal possessions away if so) he is already spreading himself from the players as he knows he is off elsewhere.

    Sanchez in my mind is guaranteed nailed on to go. Think Ozil if anyone comes in would do one also.
    Bellerin has the most loyalty to AFC of course but if his hometown club call to bring him home he maybe tempted by playing alongside Messi rather than Danny’s wellbeck next season and competing for the UCL and la liga instead of playing in europa and coming in 4th/5th again in the league.

    1. Taxi4Wenger says:

      My bet

      Sanchez to citeh

      Ozzzzil to psg

      Bellerina to barca

      Ox to pools

      Sanogo and arsene to kroenkes private room to do pole dancing.

      1. ArseOverTit says:


        Stan wearing his chaps and cowboy hat, whilst shooting at the ceiling screaming yee hah!

        1. Guns Blazing says:

          Haha, the thought of that really made me laugh!

      2. Juhi McLovin says:

        Can’t believe Sanogo has been actually stealing a living for the past 3 years. What has he actually done this year?

        1. dutchy says:

          Well he scored a hatrick with his left foot, right foot and his head in the reserves. That’s it I guess

      3. thomas matiko says:

        I agree with arsenal girl. It is good to say what is in ones mind. Let Sanchez, ozil, bellerin and ox leave if Wenger does not want to motivate them further more a trophy is not his interest n this time round he had missed top 4. What is he now thinking about? what is the board also thinking about? They better sell the club to an interested trophy winners board. Thank u

  8. Lupe says:

    Wenger.. why don’t you stay at arsenal forever until you would have to be wheeled onto the pitch to perform your duties. It makes me laugh seeing those who are scared of change, it will happen whether you like it or not, you are only delaying the inevitable and giving other clubs chances to win more premier leagues while we win none and lets not even talk about champions league.. lol. Wenger is 67 not 50 years old. I bet some akbs are probably trying to clone wenger because they believe nobody else can manage arsenal. Wenger, keep these useless players together and sign a 10 year deal while you at it. We are used to been consistently average anyways.

  9. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I love Giroud. He scored over 100 goals for us.

    But he can not be are starting striker next season. He cant be are CF next season. Alexis scored more goals up front than on wing and Giroud is not a 20 goal scorer or consistent/reliable scorer

    If we lose Alexis we must have someone like Lukaku or Lacazette

    Actually, even if Alexis stays we should still get one of Lukaku, Lacazette, Aubemeyang, Greizmann

    One Top forward is not enough

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      We have Danny’s wellbeck with his amazing ability to repel at great force any football approaching him.

      1. Ddog says:

        did you see that classy backheel for Bellerin though….

  10. Yossarian says:

    Wenger saying “They should stay” means nothing.

    If Arsenal won’t provide them with the likelihood of winning major trophies, then the best players will leave anyway. It’s already happened with loads of them.

  11. jakseth says:

    looking at the club history, it is safe to say Ozil and Sanchez will leave the club this summer. if they don’t it means the club would have changed some thing in a big big way.

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