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Ian Wright gives his honest opinion on Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the NLD

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Arsenal players and fans are on cloud nine at the moment following Sunday's stunning 4-2 win over Tottenham in the north London derby.

Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira saw the Gunners recover from 2-1 down to seal a memorable victory.

There were a few negatives for Unai Emery, though.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi both started at the Emirates Stadium but were mostly passengers throughout the opening 45 minutes.

They were hooked at half-time in place of Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey, who changed the game with one goal and two assists between them.

Mesut Ozil's absence was also a concern as the German missed out due to a back injury. Rumours are now spreading that he's simply out of favour under Emery.

Ozil, 30, has scored three goals in 10 Premier League games thus far but only recorded one assist, which simply isn't good enough for a No.10.

Emery has revealed that Ozil could also miss Wednesday's trip to Manchester United after he trained on his own on Monday.

"Today he was working alone, I don't know if he’s OK for Wednesday," said Arsenal's manager in a recent press conference, per Goal.

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"I said yesterday he's had backache since last Tuesday. He couldn't play in Kiev or yesterday. At the moment, I don't know if he can play in Manchester."

Ozil and Mkhitaryan have both been enigmas for Arsenal throughout their time at the club due to their inconsistent performances.

And now Ian Wright has given his honest opinion on the midfield duo by saying Arsenal can't afford to keeping paying them £500,000-per-week combined and get very little in return.

"As good as Mkhitaryan and Ozil are, in respect to what they're earning we're talking about £500,000-per-week," said Wright on BBC 5 Live Sport.

"I do not believe that Arsenal can afford to be paying that sort of money without getting a return, especially when you look at what they're trying to do at the moment.

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"You're going to lose [Aaron] Ramsey as well who probably wants £200,000, so we're going up to £700,000-a-week in money that we're going to have to give.

"Surely you’ve got to find three or four players that you can pay a lot of money to that will give you the output you want."

Wright has always been a big fan of Ozil, but even the former striker is now having his doubts about whether the 30-year-old represents value for money.

As for Mkhitaryan, the Armenian has at least been a better signing than Alexis Sanchez.

Topics:
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Lucas Torreira
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Mesut Özil
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Premier League
Arsenal

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