Wenger hails Ozil screamer in tight Newcastle victory

Speaking on The Debate Charlie Nicholas believes Jack Wilshere should run his contract down and leave Arsenal

The result lifted Arsenal to fourth place on 33 points from 18 games, one ahead of surprise package Burnley and five behind third-placed Chelsea, with Newcastle, on 15 points, plunging into a relegation scrap.

And having scored five goals from seven shots on target in their win against Huddersfield at the end of November, Arsenal have scored just twice from 25 shots on target in their three league games during December so far.

However, speaking about the speculation surrounding Ozil recently, Arsene Wenger stated that the rumours were totally manufactured by the media and that there was no way the German worldwide would be heading to Old Trafford.

His stunning volley ended a run of three league games without a win for the Gunners, Arsenal seeing the match out despite wasting chances and a commendable Newcastle effort.

Arsene Wenger has made it clear he sees the England international's future at the Emirates and has dismissed the idea of him leaving when the transfer window opens next month.

Ozil's goal gave Arsenal the lead, and won them the game.

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Australian Mooy added a second goal midway through the first half before Watford captain Troy Deeney all but ended his team's hopes of a comeback when he was shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Collin Quaner.

Here is how we rated each player's performance after the full-time whistle. "That's why it's important to win today".

"I had an eye on Jack Wilshere".

"It was physically hard today after three games in six days", said Wenger.

Wenger said of his Newcastle counterpart: "I think he is doing a good job because Newcastle is not one of the teams who invested hugely to compete at the top when they came up".

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