Arsenal fans have resigned themselves to the departure of Alexis Sanchez, who is poised to sign for Manchester United, but pessimism is slowly making way for cautious optimism as reports link the Gunners to several top players.
The biggest name on Arsene Wenger’s wish-list is Borussia Dortmund’s unsettled centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal are also reportedly close to striking a deal for Bordeaux’s highly-rated Brazilian Malcom, who could cost in the region of £40 million, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is being offered by Manchester United as a makeweight in a deal for Sanchez.
Mkhitaryan’s potential arrival at the Emirates Stadium has divided Arsenal supporters on social media.
While there are no doubt whatsoever over the winger’s talent - he’s shown many glimpses of his magic at Old Trafford - there are doubts over his consistency and whether he really wants to be an Arsenal player.
Reports suggest the Armenia international would prefer a return to Borussia Dortmund; however, as things stand, the Bundesliga outfit are not interested in re-signing the 28-year-old.
Mkhitaryan has been woefully out of form in recent weeks and was substituted by Jose Mourinho at half-time in United’s FA Cup victory over Championship outfit Derby County earlier this month - what might prove to be his final appearance for the Red Devils.
Mkhitaryan is a better player than we're currently seeing
However, we all know Mkhitaryan is a far better footballer than his current form suggests.
This is a player who scored goals and assisted goals for fun during his spell at Signal Iduna Park.
Video shows why Wenger wants Mkhi and Auba together
There’s a brilliant video of the 11 goals and 15 assists that Mkhitaryan provided in the Bundesliga during the 2015-16 season, which you can watch here…
And you’ll have noticed the excellent link-up play between Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, who could now be reunited at the Emirates.
The video shows what a great understand they had and you can understand why Wenger wants them both in his starting line-up once the January transfer window closes.
The one downside is this celebration
The only downside - depending on your opinion, of course - is this terrible ‘Running Man’ celebration that they used to do after combining for a goal.
Let’s hope they left that in 2016, where it belongs.
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