Lewandowski admits he has lost motivation due to Aubameyang's move to Arsenal

Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been discussing the pressure on him to succeed having failed to impress at Manchester United. "He's in a good moment now as well so it's going to be very hard to beat him but I think we'll be ready for it".

Mkhitaryan bagged three assists on his home debut - including the pass to tee up Aubameyang for his first Arsenal goal - as the Gunners thrashed Everton 5-1 last weekend to breath a fresh air of optimism into an often frustrated Emirates crowd.

Although the Gunners lost one of their best players in recent history, credit where it's due- they managed to make the best out of a severely out-of-favour situation and get a quality player back in return. Week after week he proves it by showing just how important he is for such a huge club like Bayern Munich, but also on an worldwide level with Poland and in the Champions League.

The 24-year-old has netted an astonishing 35 goals in 36 games for club and country, including three hat-tricks, so far this season.

"Mourinho required a lot from the players", Mkhitaryan told SFR Sport.

Their last season together in Germany saw Aubameyang manage 39 goals and 12 assists, Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, claimed 23 goals and 32 assists.

"It's very unfair to say he failed at Manchester United and he clearly struck up a good relationship with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they were both at Borussia Dortmund".

Mkhitaryan fell out with Jose Mourinho, fell out favour entirely and then started looking for a way out. I've seen it last season in training a lot, he's a very talented player.

Ahead of Arsenal's north London derby against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, Wenger urged caution over likening the pair - although he was pleased Aubameyang has set such lofty aspirations.

"I am quite confident that this will be a new challenge for him and overall his behaviour will be fine".

Replacing a £50 million summer signing with a £60 million January signing in the starting is such an un-Arsenal thing to do that fans must be feeling as though they have entered a parallel universe. He said he needed to win the league and he got Robin van Persie to score him the goals to get above Manchester City.

  • Julie Sanders