Arsenal

TT Battle: Yannick Carrasco vs Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Arsenal were able to capture Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona at the end of the last transfer window, but manager Unai Emery would still not have been completely satisfied with his club’s work in the market. 

On top of Suarez, the Spaniard had also been keen on adding a new winger to his squad with Sky Sports previously reporting that Yannick Carrasco was a target.

Having failed to sign the Dalian Yifang man, though, Emery will have to make do with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

With that in mind, how do Carrasco and Mkhitaryan, who signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2018, compare?

Yannick Carrasco

After spells with Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco, Carrasco now finds himself playing his football in China with Dalian Yifang.

At 25 years of age, though, and given his ability, it is probably only a matter of time until the Belgian winger leaves the Chinese Super League with an outfit like Arsenal being the perfect destination.

The English giants desperately needed another wide man last month, and Carrasco is one who would have brought so much to the team.

The Belgium international is a massive threat on the left-hand side with his pace and bag of tricks. He would have been able to terrorise any right-back in the Premier League and, ultimately, make Arsenal a more dangerous side.

The Gunners could yet go back in for him in the summer but, if Champions League football is not secured this season, supporters will be asking why more was not done to sign the ex-Atletico Madrid player or another winger in January.

TT Grade: B

Part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez leave the Emirates for Manchester United, Mkhitaryan arrived from Old Trafford last January as Arsene Wenger’s penultimate signing as Arsenal manager.

With big boots to fill to say the least, Mkhitaryan has failed to make the sort of impact Arsenal supporters would have hoped for.

Capable of playing in all of the positions behind the striker, the 30-year-old’s versatility has given him some worth in the squad. However, when on the pitch, he has rarely been able to influence a game in the way many would expect an attacking player at such a big club too.

All in all, Mkhitaryan has proven to be a bit of an enigma during his time at the Emirates. For all the quality he possesses, it is not clear where his best position is or what he exactly excels at.

TT Grade: C+

TT Verdict:

Mkhitaryan’s move to Arsenal has not quite worked out and, the more you think about it, it feels like Wenger and the club were just trying to save face by bringing him in after Sanchez made it clear he wanted to join Premier League rivals Manchester United.

To put things simply, it was probably a mistake to sign the Armenian, a mistake that could have been corrected a year later had the Gunners succeeded in their pursuit of Carrasco, who looks the much better player out of the two.

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