EPL: Mkhitaryan gives reasons Wenger is a better coach than Mourinho

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"I don't want to find excuses", Mkhitaryan told reporters ahead of the derby.

The Armenian midfielder exchanged Old Trafford for the Emirates last month in a swap deal which saw head the other way.

But the Spurs striker should have stretched that record to at least nine with a hat-trick opportunity missed.

Liverpool were expected to move for the 22-year-old in January following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m.

Jack Wilshere also returns to the starting line-up with Alex Iwobi dropping to the bench. Indeed, Aubameyang has revealed his decision to join Arsenal was influenced heavily by Mkhitaryan joining the club. "We won three trophies in a year and a half, it's not every club that does that".

He called me a few times. His finish against Everton was brilliant. "(By the end of the week) he had a good session", the Arsenal manager explained. While Arsenal prised a red-hot Aubameyang from Dortmund, they welcomed Mkhitaryan from the cold.

Unfortunately for Wenger, that relationship floundered and Adebayor hotfooted it to Manchester City three years later.

Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang shared a successful three years together at Borussia Dortmund before the former departed in 2016 for Manchester United. The Gabon international would make things simpler at Arsenal, and all of the fans hope he is the consistent goalscorer they had wanted since the departure of Robin Van Persie.

Arsene Wenger's side will start the Premier League weekend in sixth place in the top-flight table and five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

But what about Mkhitaryan, eh? Some may call it arrogance, but like Troopz said 'Our team has missed swag' and he brings charisma in abundance. He has played one game. He is defensive against anybody who thinks otherwise. "A lot, he was very hard".

"So how are these players going to help that?" But it's a bit too early to compare him to the best player ever who played here. One player that could blossom into that role is Jack Wilshere. This also involves a third, an unlikely participant in a local rivalry hundreds of miles away. In essence, there is a new sheriff in town.

"He is Thierry Henry with his quality of runs". Arsenal had a late chance when Alexandre Lacazette was through on goal, but the substitute pulled his shot wide.

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