Aaron Ramsey maintains that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are “still hungry” at Arsenal, despite refusing to commit their respective futures to the club.
Both men are set to see their current contracts at Emirates Stadium expire in the summer of 2018, with the Gunners having been unable to get them to pen fresh terms.
An inability to finalise extension talks with a key duo has sparked endless rounds of transfer speculation, with Sanchez continuing to be heavily linked with Manchester City while Ozil has been billed as a possible January target for Manchester United.
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Ramsey believes that such sagas are now commonplace in modern football, with the furore surrounding two creative forwards proving to be no distraction for the rest of Arsene Wenger’s squad.
The Wales international told Sky Sports: “That’s part of football.
“There are always situations like that, in terms of contracts. At the end of the day, they’re committed, they’re putting in a shift for the team and they’re still hungry to do well for this team and for themselves.
“As long as they are fully committed to every game, there is nothing to be worried about.”
Arsenal have fared admirably without the services of Sanchez and Ozil at times this season, with both having spent spells out of favour or on the treatment table.
The Gunners have recovered well from a slow start to the campaign to get back on track domestically and in the Europa League.
Ramsey admits that the club endured a “weird” opening to 2017-18, with transfer talk and the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool doing the club few favours.
“The Liverpool game [a 4-0 defeat] was a difficult one for us,” Ramsey added.
“We had players who then moved to Liverpool in the next game and players who were still unsure what was going on.
“It was a weird time for us. As a team, we were not quite at it 100 per cent. I don’t know if those things affected it, but they couldn’t have helped.
“We have learned from that. We went to Chelsea and put in a great performance, and we were perhaps unlucky not to nick the game.
“We have done really well recently and are full of confidence, creating many opportunities. We are delighted with the way we have been playing of late.”
Arsenal have suffered just one defeat in 13 since being humbled at Anfield, but face another stern test of their credentials on Sunday when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on free-scoring Premier League leaders Manchester City.