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Ex-Dortmund pair shines on home debuts for Arsenal

Posted on February 04, 2018 by David Nugent

The January transfer window was a successful one for Arsenal. The signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked to be shrewd ones by Arsene Wenger.

The pair made their home Premier League debuts in the Gunners 5-1 demolition of Everton on Saturday evening. Both had big impacts on their maiden home games for the north London team.

Impressive contributions from both

Aubameyang came straight into the starting line-up despite the fight that the striker was supposedly ill. The Gabon international displaced France star Alexandre Lacazette and did what he did best by scoring on his debut, although replays showed that the striker was in an offside position.

Lacazette could have a long wait to start another game in the Premier League. However, with Aubameyang cup-tied in the Europa League, the former Lyon striker will at least play in Europe.

Mkhitaryan made an even bigger impact, picking up three assists on his debut. The Armenian looked to be back to his best, admittedly against an Everton team that produced a woeful display.

The former Manchester United man was a creative force at Dortmund. He racked up assists at an impressive rate. He only showed that form in flashes at United but started the season with five assists in three starts this season.

The attacking midfielder playing with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aubameyang could well thrive at the Emirates Stadium. The trio have the potential to cause havoc in Premier League defences for the rest of the season.

Arsenal have for much of Arsene Wenger’s reign been a very good attacking unit. However, the new signings may just add an extra element to the Gunners strike-force. Aubameyang is prolific and Mkhitaryan, when played in the right position, will always be creative.

Gunners still outsiders for the top-four

Arsenal reduced the gap on fourth place Chelsea temporarily at least, with the Blues playing at Watford on Monday night. The north London side are now odds of 6/1 to finish in the Champions League spots.

The Gunners are still outsiders for the top-four. However, Arsene Wenger’s side may just have a chance of making the Champions League against the odds courtesy of the presence of the two former Dortmund stars.

The pair made a bright start to their Arsenal careers. However, a trip to Tottenham in the North London derby will be the true litmus test of just what they can bring to the Gunners team.

Can Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan help Arsenal finish in the top-four?  

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