The concern Thierry Henry raised about Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette before Tottenham win

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That was some perform from Arsenal.

The Gunners were superb as they secured a 2-0 win in the north London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

First-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez handed Arsene Wenger’s side their first league win over Tottenham at the Emirates since 2013.

It must be annoying for Arsenal fans to see what their team can do when they’re playing their best football.

Mesut Ozil, in particular, was magnificent, prompting Arsenal supporters to wonder why he isn’t as impactful in every big fixture.

Alan Shearer summed up the German’s performance on Twitter at full-time.

“Takes his fair share of stick but today @MesutOzil1088 was MOM by a long way,” Shearer said.

Indeed he was.

Thierry Henry was concerned before the match

And yet Gunners legend Thierry Henry was concerned about Ozil, Lacazette and Sanchez before kick-off, wondering if the trio would do the necessary work off the ball.

The trio’s heatmap proves that Henry shouldn’t have been worried out all.

“To go back to him [Ozil], Lacazette and Alexis playing again together, in a big game the three of them: they have to do a lot off the ball,” Henry said on Sky Sports, per the Metro.

“My problem is off the ball. Will they do a job? You know they have quality on the ball.

“Off the ball are you going to put pressure? Are you going to work? Are you going to help the two midfielders? That’s my only worry.”

Henry wasn’t to know that Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette would each bust a lung for 90 minutes, with the Chilean’s desire summed up by this moment.

Watch his goal here:

Ozil: Lacazette and Alexis can always score

Ozil spoke about his relationship with Sanchez and Lacazette to Sky Sports after the match.

“I really enjoy it,” he said, per the Evening Standard’s James Benge.

“We have good quality and Lacazette and Alexis are always dangerous. They can always score.

“I’m really happy for Alexis. We're really thankful to win it.”

It would be so typical of Arsenal to go to Burnley next Sunday and get beaten.

Arsene Wenger simply can’t let that happen.


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Shkodran Mustafi
Thierry Henry
Mesut Özil
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Arsene Wenger
Tottenham Hotspur
Alexis Sanchez

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