Football pundit Tony Cascarino believes Unai Emery must axe either Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan from his starting line-up.
Cascarino has hailed Emery’s start as Arsenal manager but reckons the Spaniard must make a tough call by dropping one of his creative players.
Both Mkhitaryan and Ozil haven’t stood out from the crowd in recent performances while Alex Iwobi has impressed the Emirates faithful with his displays this season.
Quoted in the Daily Express, Cascarino said:
“Arsenal feel like a completely different club under Unai Emery and one of the main reasons for that is that the fans believe in the team now.
“The disgruntled atmosphere at the Emirates used to be a problem for Arsenal, now it’s the opposite.
“Spineless’ seems to be one of the words of the week in the Premier League and under Arsene Wenger, the minute Arsenal went behind the fans would think ‘here we go again’.
“Under Emery, they have won more points from losing positions than any other team, so the fans stay with the players.
“But I cannot see how Emery can keep both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil in his team, given that power and tempo seem so important to the way he wants to play.
“Alex Iwobi has flourished under him and he deserves a starting place.”
There certainly seems to be a new lease of life at the Emirates this season under Emery as fans have finally got something new to look forward to. The Spaniard has undeniably sparked new life in the team and results this season are proof of this thus far.
Both Mkhitaryan and Ozil haven’t hit the heights under Emery though, although the latter has been more impressive of the two so far. Indeed, when both start, there seems to be a lack of energy and power that Cascarino states and does hinder how the team play at times.
Both are creative players and play similar styles of football, so one should be dropped to allow more pace and quickness into the side.