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See why Henrikh Mkhitaryan must improve ASAP

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Arsenal were unfortunate not to have picked up maximum points at Old Trafford on Wednesday after taking the lead twice during the encounter.

The Gunners were rampant against the Red Devils throughout the night but they were denied a much deserved victory when Jesse Lingard somehow found the back of the net, thanks to a shambolic defending from the Gunners.

Considering the quality of their opponents and the venue of the encounter, taking a point at Old Trafford is equally an applaudable achievement and Emery will be happy his men continue their unbeaten run which has stretched to 20 games in all competitions.

As much as the team should be happy with what they’ve achieved so far, there is one player who should be very much concerned about his recent form.

Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan is far from the form he started this season with. The former Manchester United striker isn’t showing enough to retain a spot in Emery’s first eleven as he looks off-form and very tiring.

At Old Trafford during the midweek fixture, Mkhitaryan was surprisingly given the nod by the Gunners boss to start against the Premier League giants and his former club.

He didn’t show any display that will make Mourinho regret his decision to let him off his radar during the previous winter transfer market.

His crosses were poorly delivered, his off-the-ball movements left so much to be desired and he didn’t track back to help his teammates at the back.

According to whoscored.com, a player rating site, Mkhitaryan made contact with the ball in less than 30 occasions, he delivered just 4 crosses and he didn’t record any shot on target before he was subbed out of the clash.

His problems didn’t just start at Old Trafford, he was equally uninspiring and ineffective during the Gunners 4-2 victory over Tottenham at Wembley stadium last weekend.

He’s got to improve tremendously and as quickly as he could because his place in the team is under intense pressure from Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has been in electric and deadly form for the team in recent weeks, yet he’s not been getting regular game time.

Despite coming on from the bench, the former Lyon star scored a very important goal against Tottenham at the weekend.

He continued his rich form in front of goal as he put the ball behind David De Gea on Wednesday.

His blistering form won’t be overlooked by Emery for a very long time, especially with Iwobi and Mkhitaryan’s dwindling form. The Spanish manager could be forced to drop him from his subsequent matches while he gives Lacazette the time he truly deserves.

Apart from the Frenchman, academy products and stars including Bukayo Saka, and Eddie Nketiah are very much closer to breaking into the first team.

Hence, the competition for a place is becoming too intense and Mkhitaryan has no option but to return back to form and seize every opportunity that come his way.

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Perfect match! This youngster is the best man to replace Danny Welbeck

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly in search of Danny Welbeck’s replacement as the England international won’t be in action for the rest of the campaign as a result of the injury.

The Spanish manager has been linked with some top players and reporters are claiming the former Sevilla boss is more than willing to spend big in the upcoming transfer market.

Welbeck’s replacement is right at Emery’s fingertips!

Taking a second look at Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag on Thursday, there, was a surprise name in Emery’s starting XI — Bukayo Saka.

Bukayo Saka, 17, is one of the breakthrough stars from the Hale End Academy since Emery took over the helm of affairs at Emirates stadium.

The youngster first got his chance with the first-team squad three weeks ago in a Europa League game against Vorskla.

Saka didn’t just make the substitute bench, he made his first-team debut when he was brought into play by Emery in the later part of the encounter.

Having qualified to the next round of the competition alongside the fact that Premier League is getting tougher and busier, Emery rested most of his key players while he gave academy opportunity to make name for themselves.

Bukayo Saka, who has been awesome with the club’s U23 side, made his full debut as he started from the left wing of attack.

Saka’s magical display at the flank was nothing but a confirmation of his readiness to serve as Welbeck’s replacement for the rest of the season.

His dribbling ability, directness, eye for goals, long-range shots and above all his abilities to retain the ball from opponents makes him an upgrade to his compatriot.

The youngster completed eight dribbles more than anyone on the pitch. He had three shots on target. He wasn’t dispossessed by opponents throughout the clash — an impressive stat you can’t get from Danny Welbeck.

Though Saka look a bit young to break into Emery’s first eleven, it won’t be out of place if the former PSG manager gives the youngster some minutes in the Premier League and see how he performed.

Bukayo Saka, a naturally left-footed player and a pacy winger, has come at the right time. It’s left to Unai Emery to do the needful by integrating him into his first-team.

In Saka, there is a great player and a deadly winger. There’s no need spending on any striker in the upcoming transfer period.

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Arsenal to finally push for sale of highly rated star

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Emerging reports allege that the North London side Arsenal have already concluded to let under-performing German international Mesut Ozil leave the Emirates Stadium as soon as any serious offer arises.

With the winter transfer window set to reopen in the coming weeks, the reports mean that the former Real Madrid could part ways with the Gunners team as he is already being linked to a number of clubs.

The reason for the Gunners resolve to have him sold is not different from the obvious reason of poor performance which seems to be giving manager Unai Emery some concerns.

Mesut Ozil remains one of the highest players in the club with about £350,000-a-week offer but suggestions are that he has not paid his money with his performance and needs to step out.

Speculations are that he now has a sour relationship with manager Unai Emery after he was left out of the big clashes against Tottenham and Manchester United with insinuations that he cannot be trusted.

However, the 30-year-old has been linked with a move to the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan and that could be his destination with the club reported to be preparing a bid ahead of the winter window.

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Arsenal in touch to sign with highly rated youngster

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North London side Arsenal are reportedly in touch with RB Salzburg young attacking midfielder Hannes Wolf in a bid to secure his services in January when the winter transfer window reopens.

Reports according to Daily Mirror, the Gunners will have to battle their North London rivals Tottenham as well as other English Premier League sides like Southampton and Everton for the signature of the 19-year-old.

Hannes Wolf has been impressive for his side which makes pundits compare him with Christian Eriksen because of the quality of his play and similarities with the Tottenham star.

The young lad was a major part of the Salzburg team that delivered the UEFA Youth League to the club in 2017 as he netted a total of seven goals in all the games.

The UEFA Youth League success handed him the ticket of playing with the senior team and that has also been a success with his impressive performance last season.

With the 45 games under his belt, he had scored 12 goals and seven assists with his side that won the Australian top flight last season.

There is no doubt that Hannes Wolf will be a good addition to the Unai Emery team and could be the replacement for departing Aaron Ramsey.

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Arsenal scouting report positive on South American playmaker

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Arsenal scout reported to have returned with positives on Botafogo playmaker Matheus Fernandes which has given the club the go-ahead to bid on him as early as in the winter transfer window.

Reports according to Calciomercato claim that the London side have now joined the host of clubs that are lined up for his signature after being convinced of his ability and quality.

The Brazilian has impressed this season for his side in the defence and he is also believed to be perfect as a central midfielder and would fit into the Unai Emery team.

However, Arsenal are faced with competition for Matheus Fernandes from an unnamed club from the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie, A outfit Genoa and Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal.

The North London side are therefore in the danger of missing Matheus Fernandes as he might be snapped up by other clubs who are believed to be ambitious.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has also hinted that he would have an addition in the defence which makes additions in the midfield as well as in the attack a lesser priority.

Arsenal have the ambition to qualify in the Champions League next season and they are currently sixth in the Premier League table.

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Arsenal sensation gets Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

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North London Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has been compared t Italian Serie A giants Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo after his impressive performance in Gunners 1-0 win over Qarabag in the European League on Thursday night

Bukayo Saka made his home debut for the North London side in the game but his performance has earned him the comparison of five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

This is the opinion of former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen who stated that Bukayo Saka has got a great future ahead of him at the Emirates Stadium.

Owen stated that the player proved great quality as well as handling the ball perfectly on the pitch. He added that Bukayo Saka looked nervous at the beginning of the game but grew to blend and show what he is made of.

He stressed that some of the skills exhibited by the Nigerian born remind him of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo despite being unlucky to have missed a goal in the game.

Meanwhile, manager Unai Emery showered praise on the player stating that Bukayo Saka has shown that he deserves more having made good use of the opportunity handed him.

The Arsenal side are tipped to have a great future with the number of talents in their youth ranks.

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