When Mkhitaryan joined Manchester United from Borrusia Dortmund in 2016 he was scoring more than a goal every four games and was considered to be one of the best mifdfielders in Europe. Mourinho then did what he does best, destroyed his confidence and reduced him to an outcast benchwarmer.
On 22 January 2018, he joined Arsenal as part of the swap for Alexis Sanchez, and although he hasn’t been a massive success, we definitely got the better side of that particular deal. I guess it’s fair to say that Mkhitaryan is now firmly in the marmite category for many Arsenal supporters.
This is AA regular RC78’s assessment ….
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Mikhy) played 39 games for us last season, starting 28 of which 19 were in the Premier League. He scored 6 goals and provided 7 assists in 2522 mins, so he has been directly influential every 194 mins (every 2 games more or less). He has missed 10 games due to injury.
Mikhy is one of our most clever players – he is very good at providing the pass before the assist because he has a good eye, he can create imbalance in the opposition through his passing. On the other hand, he is rather slow and has suffered recurring injuries. He is now 30. Some people have also pointed out that he is not the best when it comes to regaining the ball or pressing the opposition. He averages one tackles per game and has an average of 0.6 interceptions per game. He has also executed 1.2 key passes per game in the EPL and 1.6 in the EL.
So are you happy with his contribution to our team or would you rather see him leave the club this summer?
My opinion is that although he is one of our highest earners, I would rather keep him and sell Ozil (due to value, fan drift) however I accept that Ozil is probably a superior passer and dribbler.
We need to sell existing players who are peripheral to the team if we want to increase our spending power to bring in new players. For many, Mhkitaryan is on that list … what do you think?