Arsene Wenger is worried Arsenal star has suffered from both form and confidence issues but is fully confident that he will return back to his best.
The 29-year-old arrived from Manchester United a few days ago in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez and saw an 18-month spell with the Red Devils come to an end. However, for Henrikh Mkhitaryan many critics and pundits have described his spell at Old Trafford as lackluster and even horrible after the Armenian showed world-class quality during his spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Mkhitaryan was a target for Arsenal before he made the move to Manchester but failed to settle into Jose Mourinho’s team and was often left on the sidelines, with Mourinho opting for other players. However, many believe that at Arsenal the former Dortmund star has a chance to reignite his career as the Gunners are exactly the team he needs.
During his pre-match interview, before the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Arsene Wenger went on to say, “Yes, of course you worry about how much it has affected him. But as well but it’s a new chance for him, what you want in life is a new chance and I’m sure with his quality that he will take it.
I met him at the time (he moved to United), at the time we were close but in the end, it didn’t work.
With the prolific Alexis Sanchez gone, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are chasing after replacements with the likes of Malcom and Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang shortlisted, but it looks like the Gunners prefer the Gabon international. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Aubameyang has been itching for a move away and has even submitted a transfer request to the Signal Iduna Park side.
Meanwhile Arsenal legend and one of their all-time top scorers, Ian Wright also had his share of thoughts on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, saying “Mkhitaryan is a top player. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen the best of him at Manchester United. He is still trying to find his feet here.
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“We know that Mourinho can get the hump with some players and it isn’t a bad thing if he blows you out – we’ve seen it with De Bruyne and Salah – but you are hoping he can come to Arsenal, a much more friendlier environment, in terms of the manager and hopefully he can thrive in that. I have seen enough of him when he has played that he definitely has quality. The big risk is if he can get back to the form at Dortmund.”
At Borussia Dortmund, Henrikh Mkhitaryan flourished especially in his last season with the Bundesliga side. In his final season with Dortmund, Mkhitaryan went on to score 23 goals and produce a further 32 assists in just 52 appearances in all competitions, including 11 goals and 20 assists in the Bundesliga. If Arsenal somehow manages to bring that player back, they have a sensational find in the 29-year-old.