Wednesday, February 25, 2015

'Ozil, Sanchez waoneshe thamani yao'

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas insists Arsenal’s stars need to start performing in the big games ahead of their Champions League final 16 first leg with Monaco.

The Gunners have fallen at the first hurdle of the knockout stages for four successive seasons, but are considered favourites to progress past Leonardo Jardim’s men ahead of Wednesday night's first leg at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the club's two most expensive players, have arrived over the last two summers, and Nicholas feels it is time for the duo to prove their worth in Europe’s top-tier tournament. 

“I’m fed up saying this about Arsenal players on big European nights, but it’s time to start delivering on the biggest stage,” said the former Arsenal defender.

“Ozil is a player who has had plenty of big nights in his career with Real Madrid and, of course, he’s a World Cup winner.

“But, so far, the only player who has come up trumps in the big games this season has been Santi Cazorla. As good as he has been, Sanchez has been pretty quiet in all the big games.

“And so has Ozil. He doesn’t touch the ball as often as I’d like, but he’s undoubtedly a class act. He’s got good vision, a great touch and surprisingly good pace.

Alexis Sanchez: Must step up, says Charlie 

“You expect him to turn up on the big occasions and do the business for you. So for me, it’s time for Ozil and Sanchez to perform in the Champions League.”

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