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Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan cannot play in the same team if Arsenal want to succeed

Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan cannot play in the same team if Arsenal want to succeed

Unai Emery could not have asked for a harder start to the season as the Gunners faced Manchester City and Chelsea to kick off the Spaniard tenure with the club.

As many expected, Arsenal lost both games but in fairness, the Gunners could have taken something out of both.

The former Sevilla and PSG man will need time to bed in his style and bring in the players he wants and as we saw from the first two games, Emery still hasn’t quite sorted who will play in his starting XI, especially going forward.

Both Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have started the first two games of the season but with both in the team, Arsenal severely lack pace on the wings and furthermore, neither player is likely to work back and help out in defence.

With that in mind, Paul Merson has argued that neither player fits the style that Emery is trying to create at the club.

The Breakdown

Although the Sky Sports pundit might not always hit the mark with his criticism for Arsenal, in this case he may have a point.

Both players aren’t the ones who are going to press high and keep a compact structure between midfield and defence.

In his 4-2-3-1 system, Emery does need one of the players to play as the 10 and orchestrate his attacks but in truth, in both the losses, Ozil and Mkhitaryan showcased that firstly, they shouldn’t be played on the wing and secondly that probably shouldn’t play together.

Do you agree with this Arsenal fans? 

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