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Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Arsenal’s players have to “fight” for Arsene Wenger, with the manager under increasing pressure after successive defeats.
A shock home loss to Ostersunds in the Europa League did not prevent the Gunners from progressing to the round of 16, but that result was followed by a 3-0 battering at the hands of Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
The Gunners have an immediate chance to get revenge on City, who visit the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League game on Thursday, with Arsenal claiming the match will be played despite heavy snow in London this week.
And with speculation suggesting Leonardo Jardim of Monaco, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Low are being considered by Arsenal’s board as potential replacements for Wenger, Mkhitaryan issued a rallying call to his team-mates.
“It’s not the easiest time for the club, but we are here to help, do our best, and put Arsenal on the level that it was before,” Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.
“I know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re trying, and doing our best.
“It’s a pleasure to work with [Wenger]. He knows a lot about football, he can give you good advice, and I’m very happy to be here.
“Of course it’s not very easy for him either, but we have to play for the club, play for him, because he is a big role model for this team, big person at this club, so we have to do our best to show we are ready to fight for him.”