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Arsene Wenger has played down Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s special gesture in Arsenal training after the midfielder stayed behind to help the striker’s with their finishing. The Armenian midfielder completed his move from Manchester United last month and has already made a quick impact with three assists in the 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday. The 29-year-old has also been an instant hit in training after he decided to stay on for an extra session last week. Mkhitaryan joined the strikers for their shooting drill but instead of the coaches providing the service, the midfielder opted to play the passes himself.
Wenger, however, played down Mkhitaryan’s desire to put in more work with his new teammates and described the midfielder’s actions as ‘normal’. ‘He’s professional,’ said the Arsenal manager. ‘He has a very professional attitude and overall I think that is what you want from every player. ‘I am not surprised about that because I find that absolutely normal.’
Wenger is also confident that Mkhitaryan and Arsenal’s new club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be able to handle the pressure of their first north London derby against Tottenham on Saturday. ‘Once the game has started, these guys have experience, they have played top-level games,’ said Wenger. ‘They know what is important and they know that the most important is to focus on the performance.