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Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan deliver stability for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?


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sbo333 After a year of contract sagas and want-away stars, have Arsenal finally turned the negative tide with their winter recruits?

The Alexis Sanchez saga finally came to a close last month when Arsenal succumbed to the Chilean's expiring contract and brokered a swap deal with Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Days later, the Armenian's former Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a £60m move to the Emirates, reuniting the formidable partnership that scored 36 goals and created 20 assists in the Bundesliga during 2015/16. That season, they were also the only combination in the league to provide three assists for each other's goals.

The pair started together for the first time in nearly two years against Everton last weekend and rekindled their devastating link-up play, with Mkhitaryan threading the pass for Aubameyang to deftly chip Jordan Pickford to net his debut goal among a hat-trick of assists during the 5-1 rout.

Squad harmony

After the emphatic victory, the positive vibes surrounding the club were all the more magnified following a shock 3-1 defeat at Swansea four days earlier.

But, besides the scoreline at the Emirates, the injection of positivity surrounding Wenger's winter acquisitions cannot be understated after a year of headlines dominated by potential want-away stars on expiring contracts.

Among those stars was Mesut Ozil, who finally committed to the club with a new three-year contract - days after Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang joined the club - leaving only Jack Wilshere with a deal to extend before it expires this summer.

After a period of squad division, togetherness is key at Arsenal - if the Arsenal boss is to prevent a fresh wave of 'Wenger Out' banners. Indeed, Aubameyang has revealed his decision to join Arsenal was influenced heavily by Mkhitaryan joining the club.

Speaking on the Arsenal Weekly Podcast, the Gabon international said: "It's like [being reunited with] a brother, a good friend. We played together in the past and I'm really happy to see him again.

"He called me a few times. He asked, 'Will you come or not?' I said, 'First you have to tell me if you sign or not'. sbo333

"He told me all was done and of course it was a big factor in coming here. We understand each other on and off the pitch, that's why it's easier on the pitch."

However, how the two players ended up at Arsenal is polarised. While Arsenal prised a red-hot Aubameyang from Dortmund, they welcomed Mkhitaryan from the cold. For the latter, both club and player will appreciate reciprocal stability after recent events.

Mkhitaryan's United exile

Having joined United for £30m from Dortmund in 2016, the Armenian's 18-month spell at Old Trafford fizzled out rapidly after a promising start to life in the Premier League.

United started this season in blistering goal-scoring form, during which Mkhitaryan had scored once and registered five assists. But he was dropped after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in November last year - which proved to be his penultimate league start at the club.

That game produced Mourinho's second deployment of his synonymous 'park the bus' tactic this season, after shutting up shop against Liverpool the previous month - a style unsuited to the attack-minded Armenian.

The United boss has applied a tough-love approach to his players in the past, having criticised left-back Luke Shaw during his time at United - but his explanation for Mkhitaryan's omission from the squad for a fourth successive game against Bournemouth in December spoke volumes.

Mourinho told reporters: "I can only have six players on the bench and I try to have some balance on the bench. To have Mkhi means I don't have one of them and, in this moment, I believe the other ones deserve [to be there instead]."

But why did Mkhitaryan fall out of favour so quickly at United? And why has his arrival finally sparked optimism at the Emirates - even before the Everton result?
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PříspěvekNapsal: sob kvě 05, 2018 9:49 am
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Thank you for bringing this article to everyone to read and get to know each other. It is very good.

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