Emery calls on Arsenal youngsters to follow Smith Rowe example

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Mkhitaryan swapped Manchester for North London in January after falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho at United, where he made only 26 Premier League starts during his one-and-a-half years with the club. Of course, it was a hard moment for me but I was trying to pass that hard moment.

Smith Rowe was one of three teenagers in the starting line-up as Emery rested his World Cup players - including Mesut Ozil, who has been at the centre of a furore after he quit the German national team claiming racism. Everything is totally different being here because it's like a new page in the book or in your life. "The philosophy, the playing style, the club. nothing is comparable".

'For the history of Arsenal, it needs every year and every day for us to work with young players to give them the chance to work for us and show their quality. Today I'm very happy with his work on the pitch, but not just today, every day.

"Talks are still ongoing, I've got nothing else to say about that", Ramsey is quoted as saying.

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Mkhitaryan's switch to Arsenal saw him reunited with former Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos arriving from BVB this month as Emery's squad for 2018-19 takes shape.

The Gunners continued their pre-season preparations with a penalty shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid in Singapore, and Ramsey admits the club are undergoing a period of adjustment.

Arsenal, rebuilding under Emery after Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign, are hoping for silverware this season and a return to the Champions League, while Atletico won the Europa League and finished second in La Liga. You know in football everything happens very quickly and you don't know what can happen tomorrow.

He said: "I come on the tour thinking I'm going to impress the manager and play as well as I can, but getting a goal is really a dream, it's so surreal".

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