Arsene Wenger Post-Match: Two excellent performances from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arsenal earned a much-needed three points at the expense of Crystal Palace Thursday evening. On the heels of two excellent performances from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners pulled level on points with Tottenham. The club sits just a point off of Liverpool for the coveted final Champions League spot.

Arsene Wenger Post-Match: Two excellent performances from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez

Excellent Jack

In his post-match conference, Arsene Wenger was his usual coy self when discussing off-the-pitch dealings. But when it came to heaping praise he was more than willing to share.

When asked about the shift put in from Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere—easily the two best performances, with an honourable mention to Mesut Ozil—he addressed the resurgent Wilshere first:

“The best way to show they are committed is to deliver that kind of performance. For Jack I think we spoke of our team recently. He is coming back in a good competitive shape. I feel the he gives something to the team at the moment which is interesting. And on top of that today he gave a great final ball that you want from him.”

Of course the journalists present felt it necessary to question Wenger on the contract situation with Wilshere. While many in Arsenal circles feel very positive about him signing a new contract, putting pen to paper is the only sure bet.

“There is no delay (in a new contract). I said we would sort out the situation in December, end of December. So I told him that we wanted to meet and sit down with him to talk about the future and that’s what I did.” He did reference that there was a date set to have this conference with Wilshere and, perhaps, his agent, though that date wasn’t shared.

Excellent Alexis

Alexis, who many feel has had a dip in form in the last few weeks, also put in a great shift. When asked by journalists about him appearing to be “…hungry and back in the groove tonight,” Wenger added:

“I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on. He was focused. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player as we know and that’s the kind of performance you want from him.”

Three points is three points and all of them were needed on the night. With a short few days’ rest, the team travel to West Brom. Another three will be expected to keep hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive.

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