Arsene Wenger insists it is “possible” for Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to thrive in the same team.
Ozil and Mkhitaryan have been scrutinised for their performances over the past couple of months, with the Arsenal squad reportedly turning on both of them after the defeat to Brighton.
It is also believed that their wages are proving a problem with teammates, and there is a ‘growing resentment’ in the squad towards the pair and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal have lost four games in succession and won only two of their last eight, and now face an in-form AC Milan side in the last-16 of the Europa League.
Both are likely to feature in the first leg in the San Siro, and Wenger says “history proves” they can succeed together.
“It is of course possible because it depends on what you call a number 10,” he said.
“I believe good players are all number 10 because they are creative and they defend well.
“Football is full of famous stories of number 10s who have played together. History proves that great players can.
“They also had the questions of can they do it or not and have success. It started with Brazil in 1970.”