Bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan is about as good as Arsenal could have done in the Alexis Sanchez deal.
The Chilean was months away from leaving the Emirates Stadium on a free, so to receive a quality talent like Mkhitaryan in exchange for the departing Sanchez represents good business from Arsene Wenger.
Mkhitaryan, who will take Sanchez’s No.7 shirt, wasn’t a part of Jose Mourinho’s plans and Arsenal certainly seems like an ideal location for him to revive his career.
"It's a dream come true because I've always dreamed of playing for Arsenal," Mkhitaryan said after the move was completed.
"Now that I'm here, I'll do my best for this club to create history."
Stan Collymore has given his opinion on Mkhitaryan
While Arsenal fans are excited to see Mkhitaryan in action - he could make his debut against Swansea a week from today - Stan Collymore has attempted to put a dampener on their mood.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, Collymore launched a scathing attack of Mkhitaryan, describing the Armenian as “a bit soft, a bit weak, with a ‘nice lad’ mentality.”
All this, according to Collymore, makes him a “classic Arsenal player”.
“Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed at Manchester United, yet he has been rewarded for that failure with a bigger, £180,000-a-week pay packet at Arsenal,” Collymore said.
“Mind you, the Armenian fits the Gunners’ narrative and is a classic Arsenal player I suppose - a bit soft, a bit weak, with a ‘nice lad’ mentality…
“He’ll be awful against Bournemouth one week then brilliant against Crystal Palace the next.
“Mkhitaryan hasn’t been getting into a team that has been crying out for the kind of pace and invention he can offer when he is at his best because he hasn’t grasped the nettle.
“Instead he has got himself somewhere where the expectation is rock bottom and that is Arsenal Football Club.”
Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, Stan.
It could be argued that Mkhitaryan’s inconsistent performances at Man United were a result of him being asked to play in a system that really didn’t suit his style.
But he should thrive under Wenger, where dynamic, flowing football is encouraged.
Collymore probably should have waited before making his assessment.
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