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Wenger Wants Özil To Become An Arsenal Leader After Contract Renewal

Wenger Wants Özil To Become An Arsenal Leader After Contract Renewal

The Mirror reports that Wenger wants to have new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing alongside both Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette this season.

But, fellow January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to make his first start for Arsenal after appearing from the bench in the loss to Swansea, with Wenger confirming the same in the presser. "But we are in a period where we are in a tricky position on that front, with us trying to qualify for the Champions League".

The Belgium global has so far resisted the offer to stay beyond the end of the season and hobbled off with another knee injury shortly after coming on in the midweek loss at Tottenham.

Alongside the Armenian schemer, Mesut Ozil, who signed a renewal with Arsenal this week, and Alex Iwobi should make the numbers in attack.

Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle. "Maybe - I don't know", he said.

The Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Arsenal on Wednesday, compared himself to the French "Gunners" legend Thierry Henry when defining himself as a "quick" player who scores goals, "a bit like Henry". We expect him to take responsibility to lead the club to success'.

City have not needed any help going to deck recently having been on the end of some nasty challenges that have understandably angered Guardiola and his players, but Mourinho believes refereeing standards are just fine.

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Defensive errors on Tuesday night let Swansea emerge as 3-1 victors from their clash at the Liberty Stadium and Wenger concedes their must be improvement despite the failure to bring in a new face.

"Our defensive numbers are not good enough", admitted Wenger.

"He's really like a brother, a good friend, and we've played together in the past".

"It is not a lack of effort, but a lack of focus in vital moments of games, sometimes we do it well, sometimes not".

He continued: "That's why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who's important to me".

Auba and Mkhitaryan were key components in Dortmund's game plan which involved pressing to win possession then breaking with deadly pace and penetration.

'But it is about finding the balance'.