Mkhi excited by link up with ‘assist king’ Ozil

first_imgArsenal Mkhitaryan excited by Arsenal link up with ‘assist king’ Ozil Chris Burton 16:30 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Premier League The Gunners may have lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, but they have acquired another creative influence to add to their playmaking ranks Henrikh Mkhitaryan is looking forward to getting started at Arsenal and linking up with “assist king” Mesut Ozil.The Gunners new boy was unable to make his debut during a midweek Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea having already graced the competition with Manchester United this season.He was, however, an interested spectator as Arsene Wenger’s side secured a 2-1 victory over their London rivals to book another day out at Wembley and a shot at major silverware. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Mkhitaryan will play no part in that quest, he is in a position to aid another push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and is excited about joining the ranks of playmaking talent at Emirates Stadium.He told Arsenal Player: “Here at Arsenal I know that lots of players move a lot and it’s incredible the way [the team] plays. I will do my best to assist them as well.”I think it will be really fun to play alongside Ozil. Everyone knows he’s a fantastic player, he’s an assist king! I look forward to it.”[I admire] his intelligence, the way that he can understand the game, reads the game, plus the way he gives pace to the game and of course his final decision.”World Cup winner Ozil has contributed another six assists to the Arsenal cause this season, having proved to be a reliable source of creativity throughout his time in north London.Mkhitaryan has also shown during his time in England that he can be a useful asset in that department.He provided five assists across all competitions for United last season, as he helped the Red Devils to three trophies, and opened the current campaign with a flurry of six opportunities created for grateful team-mates.With the likes of Ozil and Mkhitaryan at their disposal, Arsenal now need to ensure that they have the necessary firepower to make the most of the chances which come their way.Alexandre Lacazette will be hoping to benefit from a bolstered supply line, while Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another prolific frontman who remains a top target during the current transfer window.last_img read more

Kompany wary of ‘wounded’ Arsenal

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City Kompany wary of ‘wounded animal’ Arsenal in cup final rematch Ryan Benson 18:58 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) kompany-cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City Premier League Manchester City Arsenal Guardiola The long-serving defender says Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over the Gunners will only serve to make a Premier League encounter tougher Vincent Kompany predicts Thursday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal will be Manchester City’s toughest of the season because they will be facing a “wounded animal”.City defeated the Gunners with minimal fuss on Sunday to lift the Carabao Cup, with Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva getting the goals in a 3-0 win.Arsenal came under heavy criticism for their performance, particularly from television pundits Thierry Henry and Gary Neville, the latter accusing them of giving up and being “spineless”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The teams face each other again on Thursday, this time at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, and Kompany says City need to be prepared for a real scrap if they want to go 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United again.”My opinion is simple,” Kompany said. “I think it’s going to be the hardest game of the season”If my experience counts for anything – you will play a wounded animal, with a lot of quality in the team.”At the same time, we are going to do everything we can to still be relentless.”But my experience is that when you win a trophy there is always that 10 per cent you lose in focus or sharpness, just because you’ve gone through all the emotion of winning something. It’s our role to fight it and be prepared for the game.”Victory at Arsenal will take City one step closer to a seemingly inevitable Premier League title triumph and Kompany is adamant Pep Guardiola’s work last season – although criticised at the time – laid the foundation for their brilliant 2017-18 campaign.Pep Guardiola Mikel Arteta Domenec TorrenKompany said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Pep deserves more than he’s even attributed to at the moment for how we’ve developed as a team.”It’s entirely his vision, entirely his work and we have the responsibility to bring it across on the pitch which is obviously not nothing.”There’s a lot of leadership that’s helped us to get this far. Last season is something that I will always argue about because I don’t think we had a bad season. A lot of what we’ve done this season has been developed out of what we did last season.”We were getting punished in many ways, like what happened against Wigan [Athletic] in the FA Cup, where they had one chance and scored and we had plenty of chances we missed.”That happened throughout the season last season and that’s been the difference with this season, where we’ve scored last-minute goals and the players have raised their individual performance levels. I was never worried because with good players these things eventually become good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more