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Tony Cascarino, a former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker, has hinted that Unai Emery will look to replace both Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the upcoming transfer windows.
Whilst both Özil and Mkhitaryan have impressed in fits and spurts since Emery’s arrival, neither have found the consistency necessary to strive in a top Premier League team.
“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 Irishman said in The Times.
He continued: “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 Özil 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.”
Having recently signed a £350,000-a-week contract with Arsenal, the Gunners may well struggle to find a potential suitor for Mesut Özil, who has not shown the form he once did at Real Madrid. Additionally, having signed Mkhitaryan just last January, it seems unlikely that the Arsenal board would sanction his sale so quickly.