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4 reasons why Arsenal will bounce back

Harsh Pillai
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2.57K   //    04 Feb 2019, 13:48 IST

Arsenal had zero shots on target in the second half against Manchester City
Arsenal had zero shots on target in the second half against Manchester City

Yesterday, Arsenal suffered a horrific defeat at Etihad and their chances for a top 4 do not look feasible. Unai Emery and his men are traversing through plenty of problems currently, the most impactful one being the injuries to their key players.

The likes of Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are sidelined for the whole season. Except for the latter, Holding and Bellerin were first-team players under Unai and their injuries was a huge blow to the North London outfit. Sokratis, Mkhitaryan, Niles and Granit Xhaka are all currently injured as well.

However, Unai Emery has shown signs of progress and if not for injuries, Arsenal would have been clear contenders for the title. The injuries have forced them to change formations every week and the players haven't really settled with a particular formation.

The gaffer has to work with what he has at his disposal, and it is a huge challenge for Emery to compete for the 4th place against sides like Manchester United and Chelsea, who have a superior squad on paper than Arsenal.

Well, Unai Emery is a specialist when it comes to winning silverware with average squads. Arsenal is not better than any team in the top 6 on paper, and that is the sad truth. But the Gooners still should not rule out a top 4 finish. Here is why Arsenal can still believe in a 4th place finish.

#4 The inclusion of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan was sidelined due to a calf injury
Mkhitaryan was sidelined due to a calf injury

Finally, the player Arsenal has been missing incredibly is back to training. He trained normally with the squad before their visit to Manchester but was not in the travelling squad.

However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will surely be on the bench, if not in the starting XI when Arsenal travel north again to play Huddersfield next weekend. Playing Aubameyang and Lacazette side by side is a bit of a gamble, as none of the strikers can actually create chances or play pin-point through balls.

With Mkhitaryan, Arsenal will shift to a 4-3-3 with either one of Aubameyang or Lacazette taking up the central striking position. Unai Emery refrains from playing Ozil and with Mkhitaryan injured, there is no playmaker in the line-up. But Arsenal can get back to their best form with the Armenian by their side.

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