The French coach played the youngest Arsenal XI in the league for seven years – and they paid him back a promising performance
Arsenal narrowly lost to Manchester United in Arsene Wengers' last match at Old Trafford but are proud of it be from the performances of a very young side. The French coach played his youngest starting eleven in the league for nearly seven years, raising concerns that his departure for the North Londoners could be a tender experience.
Wenger was given a gift-giving game by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson before the World Cup, which immediately brought back memories of the fierce rivalry between the two. Jose Mourinho's relationship with Wenger has never been close either, but the two shook hands before embracing the match as United fans applauded the Frenchman for his 22-year Premier League and Arsenal appearances. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 1
Xhaka has impressed in the last few games and showed his qualities in the second half when he made a smart recovery before appearing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who intelligently ended his former club and refused to do so celebrate.
The Gunners have not won an away game in 2018 and it is a statistic that has undoubtedly contributed to Wengers decision to go to the end of the tournament this season. He gave several young players the opportunity to shine against United and the man of the match. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was excellently in midfield – he showed his athletic and defensive qualities in an all-encompassing performance.
Greek defender Konstantin Mavropanos was also a borrowed player when he signed PAS Giannina in January, but he impressed Wenger so much in his first week of training that the manager decided to join him Retaining instead of lending it to Werder Bremen
The highly rated youngster, spotted by the club's new recruiting officer Sven Mislintat, looked mature over his years and wrote in defense alongside another young player in Calum Chambers.
Arsenal defended closely in numbers and Mkhitaryan's goal was another reminder to Mourinho why the Portuguese should keep him. The Armenian midfielder came to Arsenal for a barter deal, with Alexis Sanchez moving to Old Trafford in January, and by the end of the season, it's clear the Gunners are having a better game.
"Mourinho has demanded a lot from the players," Mkhitaryan told SFR Sport on Friday. "Much, he was very tough, Arsene Wenger is friendlier, he understands, can think about the situation of the players, is calmer, that's the difference."
While the result did not go in favor of Arsenal, the young players will benefit from the experience of a top game in Old Trafford. The Europa League semi-final return to Atlético Madrid is Gunners' top priority, but they can assume that the next generation of talented youngsters will have what it takes to be in the lead. As far as Wenger is concerned, his young team made him proud in his recent arsenal game against the team he fought for so many years.