Mkhitaryan makes his mark with Arsenal

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Allegri saw his Juventus side go 2-0 up in the first leg of their Champions League clash with Spurs, before drawing 2-2 as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen begged Juve back.

Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin trained alongside their Arsenal team-mates on Wednesday in a timely boost for Arsene Wenger ahead of their Europa League last-16 second leg against AC Milan.

The 41-year-old former Arsenal midfielder backed his former manager by stating that he knows the club very well and will step down at the right time.

In spite of many big-name managers been linked with the Emirates job, Paul Merson feels Brendan Rodgers should be the man to replace Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal's bad run of form in 2018 has seen the Emirates stadium half-empty during recent games against Manchester City and Watford, as fans have seemingly lost interest in their side's Premier League campaign.

And it is that willingness to face potentially damaging situations that prompted him to issue a defiant challenge to Arsenal's furious fans this week.

Alexandre Lacazette will miss the match following knee surgery, but is expected return to action following the worldwide break.

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Harry Kane has scored 13 away Premier League goals this season already. He added: "We need wins and as quickly as possible".

"[To those] who are coming to the stadium just when we are winning we have nothing to say".

Viera is now the head coach of Major League Soccer club New York City FC since 2016 and has been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal at the end of the season.

"We have to keep working the same way and to score more goals".

"I've always enjoyed playing with him, it's something special", Mkhitaryan said.

The top four from Serie A all qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next season and Milan are now just six points behind fourth-placed Lazio with a game in hand.

The absence of Aubameyang places extra pressure on Mkhitaryan and judging by his initial impact in an Arsenal shirt he will be up to the task.

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