ARSENAL recovered from a disappointing start to claim a 2-2 draw in the first North London Derby of the season against Tottenham on Sunday.
And were happy to get Henrikh Mkitaryan's wages off their bill after he joined Roma on a season-long loan.
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IAN WRIGHT says Granit Xhaka will be replaced by Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi.
Speaking about the Swiss international on Radio 5 Live, the Arsenal legend said: “He shouldn't be named captain, he should be focusing on his own game.
“The captaincy and all the responsibility that comes with that, he makes the mistakes that, if I'm on the pitch and Tony Adams is on the pitch making mistakes like that, I'm thinking 'what are you doing?!'.
“He made so many fouls [against Spurs], he could have easily been sent off. I saw [Matteo] Guendouzi make a challenge in the box where he saw the danger, started to ease over to him and he intercepted it.
“He doesn't recognise danger, Xhaka. I do feel like we've come to the stage where Joe Willock is pushing him, Guendouzi is definitely pushing him, picking up the ball from deep and doing the job that he's doing and alongside David Luiz, whatever anyone says about him, he sprays some unbelievable balls.
“The fact is, I think he slows it down now.”
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ARSENAL'S squad valued at less than half of Manchester City's and ranked lower than transfer banned Chelsea.
According to Transfermarkt data, the average market value of a player in Pep Guardiola's 23-man squad is just under £50m.
Meanwhile, the average value of a member of Unai Emery's side is less than £24m.
JOSE MOURINHO criticizes Matteo Gunedouzi for “sideways” passing.
The 20-year-old has received his first France call-up and being praised by many including Arsenal legend Ian Wright for his performance in the North London derby.
In spite of this, the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager directed some criticism towards the midfielder.
Mourinho said: “Sometimes when I watch matches I am a bit critical – in a good sense, on the coaching side of it – because sometimes I think Guendouzi plays too easy and too many square passes when he can look forward.
“His first control normally is immediately for a sideways pass. He played a good game today and this is a great example of what he can do, because he’s a kid with talent.
“But he needs that kind movement and Aubameyang made a fantastic run for him.”
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