Arsenal new boys Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have vowed to “fight” for under-pressure boss Arsene Wenger ahead of tonight’s revenge clash against Manchester City.
The Gunners gaffer has won just two of six Premier League games in 2018, and was roundly criticised for his team’s performance in last Sunday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side.
Reports claim Arsenal will consider Wenger’s position at the end of the season despite handing him a two-year contract last summer.
The likes of Germany’s Joachim Low and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the Emirates hot seat.
But Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang are keen to see Wenger remain after he lured the pair to north London in January.
Mkhitaryan arrived from Manchester United in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, while Aubameyang cost a club-record £60million.
And both players are determined to put everything on the line to keep the Frenchman in his job.
Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports: “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.
“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.
“He’s a big person at this club, so we have to do our best to show we are ready to fight for him.”
Aubameyang added: “I think it is a difficult moment, but I think we’ve played against great teams, and I think we just have to be united, keep going, working hard and that’s the way to follow.
“He is a great manager, everyone knows it. OK, it is not an easy moment, but we have to give our best to show him that we play for him and give everything for him.”