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Henrikh Mkhitaryan reveals key difference between Wenger and Mourinho

12 February 2018, 03:00 | Anna Jefferson


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The pair started together for the first time in almost two years against Everton last weekend and rekindled their devastating link-up play, with Mkhitaryan threading the pass for Aubameyang to deftly chip Jordan Pickford to net his debut goal among a hat-trick of assists during the 5-1 rout.

Having worked under the Frenchman for a fortnight now, Mkhitaryan seems much fonder of how Wenger treats his players. I can understand him from step one and hopefully for the next games we are going to achieve more.

Wenger, however, is not anxious about the striker's attitude, telling his press conference ahead of Saturday's north London derby against Tottenham: "When you look at the history he played only one game, they suspended him for two or three games". He will score goals. "But Thierry came a bit more to the ball as well, participated more in the game", he added. "We are an attacking team and I've put one more defensive midfielder in".

In completely unrelated news, Mourinho's record as United manager against the top six in the Premier League, in the important matches, is six points won from a possible 27. He said he needed to win the league and he got Robin van Persie to score him the goals to get above Manchester City.

"When we played at Swansea, we played against ten men in the last 25 yards and that doesn't exist anywhere in Europe".

'That team-talk at half-time, towards players that want to defend in the team, should have been about resolve.

"Harry is a fine player".

Arsenal's away record against Spurs has been particularly poor of late - they have failed to win in their last three away Premier League games against their rivals - although they will be confident of turning that around on Saturday given their recent success at the national stadium.

Wenger said: "His target is to have an impact in the Premier League because he knows that, today, to be acknowledged as a top-class striker, you have to do it in the Premier League".

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