Arsene Wenger has hailed the commitment of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez after the Arsenal contract rebels played a crucial role in the Gunners' impressive 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (18 November).
Ozil and Sanchez have been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium since the summer with their contracts set to expire at the end of the current season.
Wenger himself recently admitted that Arsenal may even be forced cash in on them in January in order to avoid losing them for free in the summer.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be closely monitoring the situation of Ozil, while earlier this week reports in Spain claimed that Barcelona are also considering him as a potential alternative to Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho ahead of the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, Sanchez continues to be linked with a reunion with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City after his move to the Premier League leaders was scuppered on deadline day due to Arsenal's failure to secure the services of AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar as a replacement.
However, both Ozil and Sanchez put that speculation behind them on Saturday to help Arsenal to secure an impressive win over Tottenham.
The Germany international provided the assist for Shkodran Mustafi's opening goal before the former Barcelona forward scored the second to put the game to bed before half time.
Wenger believes that the performance of the duo is proof of their commitment to Arsenal but admits that it is still uncertain whether it will be enough to convince them to sign new deals.
"If you have to give me one credit, it's that I've never questioned that. I know them well and I know that when these guys go on the pitch, they want to win the game. They've shown their commitment again today. I've never questioned their commitment. They can have bad games but the problem is that, when a player gets near the end of his contract and has a bad game, everybody says it's because he's going. Their interest is to play," Wenger said following the victory over Mauricio Pochettino's side.
"I just said that I've been in this job long enough to know that's not enough. The quality of the contract has to be good and enough for them as well. I am convinced that they love the club and they love the team. All the rest will be decided [soon]. When? I don't really know. I'm not alone in mastering that."
It has been said that Ozil and Alexis have already been offered £250,000-a-week and £300,000-a-week deals respectively to continue at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current season.
Wenger, however, suggests that the interest of other clubs in luring them away from Arsenal is also complicating the negotiaitons.
"[The quality of their contracts] it's part of it. The whole thing has to be right and they have to be happy. I believe that they love the club, they want to stay, but there are other top clubs out there who offer good contracts as well," Wenger said.