Arsenal boss Wenger: Aubameyang just like Henry

The Manchester United boss has failed to win in his six top-flight visits to Newcastle

The Manchester United boss has failed to win in his six top-flight visits to Newcastle

It was an afternoon to forget for Mkhitaryan, however, as he was replaced after 65 minutes in what was an ineffective display against Arsenal's fierce rivals, with the Armenian squandering possession on a number of occasions.

Mkhitaryan feels Mourinho is a hard man to please, and that on the pitch as well in training, the Portuguese manager expects a lot from his players.

It was little wonder Wenger was in such an upbeat mood as he had just watched Gabon striker Aubameyang, a 56 million ($78 million) club-record signing from Borussia Dortmund, and Armenia midfielder Mkhitaryan produce superb first appearances at their new club's stadium in a 5-1 demolition of Everton.

He said: "They were always very important games for us, vital games, so that is why the focus was there".

"And I think this was the best moment for me, because there were a few things that didn't work out in Manchester..." It was a different style of play to what Dortmund played. Secondly, we have to think that we have to win titles because at the end of your football career only the titles mean something.

But Wenger also knows that this does not guarantee goals in the Premier League.


"What we have observed is that the transfer nowadays from the goals scored in other leagues does not necessarily transfer 100 percent to the English Premier League", Wenger said.

Against Everton, Wenger started Mkhitaryan on the left of a midfield trio in a 4-2-3-1 formation, alongside Ozil and Alex Iwobi. Maybe Mkhitaryan would have been better off on the right flank? But Pogba was sidelined for two months from September this season - before picking up a three-game suspension in December.

"He played only one game at home against Werder Bremen".

Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang. All three can play intricate passing combinations, but the graphic below shows how each offer variations in range.

The France worldwide had the chance to salvage at least a point for his side in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but he squandered two good opportunities from the bench. A convincing win against big-six opposition will add weight to the claim that Arsenal have turned the tide.

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