Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Dinos Mavropanos both played 45 minutes for Arsenal’s under-23s last night before heavy fog forced the referee to abandon their Premier League 2 game against West Ham.
The Gunners, courtesy of goals by Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Mavropanos, had put Freddie Ljungberg’s side in a commanding position at the break before conditions deteriorated.
It was Mkhitaryan’s first game since breaking a metatarsal against Sp*rs in the League Cup, while for Mavropanos it was a second game in two days as he added to the 15 minutes he got against Manchester City on Sunday.
On his way back to the team bus, Mkhitaryan thanked the medical team for helping him to work back to fitness inside six weeks.
“I’m thankful to everyone who has been working with me,” the Armenian told Arsenal.com.
“To the medical staff, to the fitness coach and everyone, even to my team-mates. They were supporting me every day.
“It’s life, everything is happening and you can get injured or something like that. I hope that no one gets injured any more and the team can be fully fit for the next games.”
Both Micki and Mavro will be hoping to force their way into Unai Emery’s thinking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town. You’d imagine it’ll be an easier task for the latter given our defensive issues.
Does the signing of Denis Suarez complicate life for Mkhitaryan or will Ramsey and Ozil continue to be the fall guys this season? We’ll have to wait and see.