Arsene Wenger has defended Mesut Ozil's performance after Arsenal's defeat to Stoke City and hopes to have Alexis Sanchez back when his side face Liverpool next week.
Ozil saw his performance and attitude in Saturday's 1-0 away defeat come in for criticism from the likes of ex-Gunners defender Martin Keown and former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard after the match.
But Wenger does not feel the Germany international deserves to be singled out after the damaging defeat.
He also believes Sanchez, who like Ozil has under a year left on his Arsenal, will be back in contention from an abdominal strain in time to face Liverpool in a crucial clash at Anfield next Sunday.
"I think he did fight," Wenger told reporters of Ozil's performance.
"It is difficult to single anybody out. I believe we had many, many chances and personally I don't think he deserves [criticism]."
On Sanchez, Wenger said: "If all goes well through the week, he should be available to be selected for the next game, yes."
Wenger also stood by his initial view that Alexandre Lacazette's second-half goal should not have been ruled out for offside.
"100 per cent [it should have stood], I just watched it," said Wenger.
"It was not offside at all, even his foot was not offside.
"But we have to swallow that, we should have scored despite that. It was another detail that did not go our way."
|Montella to keep on rotating as he plans for long season|
|Billionaire investor announces he is ´done´ funding Hamburg|
|Van Vleuten leads Dutch one-two in Bergen time trial|
|World Cup success Gibson´s top priority with South Africa|
|Philander sidelined for first Bangladesh Test|
|Wenger confirms Welbeck groin injury|
|Ljungberg sad to leave Wolfsburg|
|Ferdinand, McGregor and Curry - Sport´s most notable crossover stars|
|Will Bellew put pen to paper? - Haye claims terms for rematch agreed|
|Messi has his story, I have mine - Dybala plays down compatriot comparisons|
|Hazard to start against Nottingham Forest as Conte prepares to rotate|
|New Real Madrid contract ´already done´ for Zidane|
|´Fresh´ Froome ready for Bergen time-trial challenge|
|Chelsea won´t appeal David Luiz red card, Conte confirms|
|Cibulkova on form in Tokyo|
|Mbappe and Dembele lead Golden Boy nominees|
|Dembele tipped for early January return after successful surgery|
|I hope it´s the last time – Zidane relieved to welcome back Ronaldo|
|Szczesny to face Fiorentina as Allegri calls for Juventus consistency|
|Court will hear appeal to extend Pistorius sentence|
|Gundogan fears he might never return to top form after Manchester City injury nightmare|
|Springbok Kriel out for six months|
|Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer ruled out until January|
|Kick It Out contact Manchester United over ´offensive´ Lukaku chant|
|´Golovkin v Canelo rematch must avoid judge controversy´|
|It´s Seoul over for Bertens & Pliskova|
|He said what?! The best NFL quotes from week two|
|Cologne drop protest against Borussia Dormtund VAR goal|
|Ferdinand wants to recapture ´chemical of competition´ from boxing|
|Barcelona not planning January signings despite Dembele injury|
|Bulldogs give Hasler the boot|
|Neville trolls Ferdinand as Manchester United great starts boxing career|
|Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand to launch boxing career|
|Morgan won´t hold Stokes back ahead of impending Samuels rivalry renewal|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain relieved to join Liverpool from Arsenal, says Klopp|
|Red Sox keep Yankees at arm´s length, Brewers inch closer to Rockies|
|Case closed! Tianjin Quanjian dismiss Aubameyang links|
|He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from week two|
|Foreman ´awfully surprised´ by McGregor´s boxing but doesn´t expect him back in ring|
|Lions rip Giants as Beckham returns|
|Tevez has not met expectations, says Shanghai Shenhua chairman|
|Yankees´ Judge ties one Maris mark, Stanton inches closer to another|
|Socceroos pair Jedinak and Rukavytsya return to squad for World Cup play-off|
|Allegri not the reason for Bonucci´s Juve exit – wife|
|Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea|
|Odell Beckham Jr will play against Lions|
|NFL still ´confident´ Los Angeles will embrace Rams, Chargers|
|We aren´t far off Real Madrid – Herrera sees no reason for De Gea to head home|
|McCarron defends Dalton: He´s an unbelievable quarterback|
|Manchester City obliged to win title after spending so much - Herrera|
|Mets´ Syndergaard plans to pitch once or twice before season ends|
|Rossi back on the bike less than three weeks after double leg-break|
|Collingwood in support of more tours to Pakistan|
|Barcelona president Bartomeu criticises Neymar over lack of honesty|
|Feyenoord fans banned from Champions League trip to Napoli|
|STOP! Hammer time is over as multiple world cycling champ calls it a day|
|I´m working for SA Rugby, not Twitter! - Coetzee brushes off social media backlash|
|Panthers´ Olsen out for up to eight weeks after surgery on broken foot|
|PSG star Mbappe must prove he has Madrid quality, says Morientes|
|Cowboys´ value climbs to $4.8bn atop Forbes´ NFL list|
|Impossible to stop Icardi, says Spalletti|
|Two-time champion Simon sees off Seppi at Moselle Open|
|Ireland captain Best a doubt for November internationals with hamstring tear|
|Sevilla president urges fans not to ´insult´ returning Vitolo|
|Bond dodges England speculation as he seeks head coaching role|
|Goals will come soon for struggling Suarez, insists Barca boss Valverde|
|Hawk-Eye to replace line judges at ATP Next Gen Finals|
|It´s the hardest thing for a player – Valverde sympathises with crocked Dembele|
|Kohlschreiber cruises as Dzumhur dumps out Lorenzi|
|Gloucester sign Wallaby hooker Hanson on short-team deal|