But Arsenal's FA Cup elimination means they can enjoy a free weekend before completing the tie in London, with February then ending with winnable home games in the league against Southampton and Bournemouth.
"Now, yes", the Spaniard replied when asked if Arsenal are the outsiders for the top four.
The trio will be looking to make a big impact over the business end of the season as Arsenal try to finish in the top four.
According to the Macclesfield Town manager, Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs at least two to three transfer windows to turn things around at the club. Yes, we are sixth. I trust in our capacity to [finish fourth] but it is like that. There are teams now that are better than us and who have an advantage to us.More news: Grizzlies, Hornets Working Towards Marc Gasol Trade
On Mkhitaryan, Emery added: "We thought first, last week, after six weeks being injured, it was not enough [for him] to play against Manchester City".
"We still have to believe we can finish in the top four even while knowing it will be hard for us".
We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is against Huddersfield. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, all won their respective matches, making the title race and the race for the Top 4 even more interesting.
Emery, who takes his team to Huddersfield on Saturday, discussed the emergence of the summer signing Mattéo Guendouzi and suggested that the midfielder's decision to miss the European Under-19 Championship with France last July was pivotal.
"Their last results have not been good but with their new coach (Jan Siewert), I am sure that they are going to play with a big ambition and a big performance on Saturday. His adaptation was very quick and his progress is very good".