Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Arsenal and Manchester United’s swap deal for Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan took place. In the 12 months since then, it’s been a very underwhelming start for both of the pair. Mkhitaryan has arguably been the better of them, yet the Gunners are still yet to be convinced by the Armenians.
Exactly one year ago today, @HenrikhMkh became one of us
Three assists on his home debut
Scored his first goal for us at San Siro
First goalscorer of the Unai Emery era pic.twitter.com/GO3lxCOIfb
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 22 January 2019
The ex-Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund man was sublime during his time in Germany, yet whilst he’s been in England with both Manchester United and Arsenal he’s failed to live up to his potential. The Armenian midfielder has had his moments at The Emirates, but for the most part, he hasn’t been able to be the player that the Arsenal fans thought they might be getting last January.
The fact that Mkhitaryan came from Manchester United also probably means that his wages are massive and if that is the case then it could pose a real problem for Unai Emery. If he can free up some wages he’d be a great position to recruit some new players in the summer, and with the fans all calling for Mkhi to leave, it could be a win-win for the club if they allow the 30-year-old to leave.
You can read the Gunners’ thoughts on Mkhitaryan here:
— Andy P (@ap__76) January 22, 2019
He's been bang average earning crazy money.
— david goulden (@davidgoulden1) January 22, 2019
The worst swap deal OAT. Both clubs took L's
— Shahab (@shahabftw) January 22, 2019
Worth 200K a week tho?
— Alex Wain (@alexwain) January 22, 2019
Since then……not much
— Ed the Gooner (@gooner_eddie) January 22, 2019
And hopefully on his way out soon too.
— J. (@Gubrach) January 22, 2019
And nothing since then…
— Alex Stacey (@AStacey_93) January 22, 2019
He ain’t done much since
— Shemika (@ShemikaH_) 22 January 2019
The Gunners aren’t convinced by Mkhitaryan and would happily let him leave if anyone comes in for him.
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