“No Excuses” After Arsenal Switch — Mkhitaryan

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With the Gunners now outside of the top four, their best hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League may be to win the Europa League this season.

Harry Kane – the Premier League’s 22-goal top scorer – will once again present the biggest test to the Arsenal defensive line.

When has he ever bought a 29-year-old for £60m with no sell-on clause?

And Jenas says Lacazette impressed more in his short spell than Aubameyang did in the full 90 minutes.

Sixth-placed Arsenal sit five points off the Champions League places, but Mkhitaryan insists the club’s ambitions must be to win trophies.

Mourinho is famously hard to win over as a manager and, over the years, several top players have fallen by the wayside after failing to convince “The Special One”.

FANS have been tearing into Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Twitter after he appeared to “return to his Manchester United form”.

Aubameyang joined Lacazette, Thomas Vermaelen, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Freddie Ljungberg as Wenger’s goalscoring debutants.

“I don’t think they lack hunger to defend”, he declared. I think it’s similar characteristics and quality.

Mkhitaryan should also benefit from playing in a team that probes opponents with passing.

However, before the match Wenger explained that the Gunners didn’t quite have enough money to sign the 30-year-old. However, the trio played with the creative freedom Rooney referred to – the style he excelled in with Dortmund. In this game [against Everton] he did not come on because we had a problem with the goalkeeper.

After recording three assists against Everton last time out in the Premier League, Gunners fans were looking forward to what the former Manchester United man could do at Wembley.

Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

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Defeating Arsenal would help that ambition, while carrying the added bonus of derailing Arsenal. He hadn’t recovered fully from fever but managed to play well in the Everton game, but stakes will be higher in the North London Derby and Wenger believes his player will be up for the stern battle.

Arsene Wenger is ready to throw his January signings into Saturday's North London derby

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