Henrikh Mkhitaryan Confirms Speaking To Aubameyang Over Arsenal’s Move

Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal from Manchester United in a swap deal that involved  Alexis Sanchez, while Aubameyang joined Arsenal on the deadline day on a record fee  in January.

The Gunners duo became very close friends at Borussia Dortmund, with Aubameyang recently revealing he contacted Mhkitaryan before finally signing up with  the gunners.

And now the former United midfielder has confirmed Aubameyang’s recent revelation, telling Arsenal Player: ‘I won’t mention all the details, because it’s not fair.

‘But yes when I signed for Arsenal I’ve been in touch with him saying, ‘So the first step is done, now we’re waiting for the second one’.’

Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have played two times together for Arsenal so far, helping to thrash Everton before playing in the defeat to rivals Tottenham.

And Mkhitaryan has admitted that he is very excited to link up with the Gabon striker once again after enjoying a brilliant partnership together at Dortmund.

He added: ‘I thought it could only be in a dream that we could join another club other than Dortmund but I am very happy for that. I know him very well, he is one of my best friends and one of the the best team-mates I have ever had.

‘I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt. What can I say? I love playing with him.’

Mkhitaryan could feature for Arsenal in their Europa League clash with Ostersunds on Thursday night but Aubameyang is unavailable.

 

 

 

I Don’t have Anything To Prove..Henrikh Mkhitaryan

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he doesn’t have anything to prove after leaving Manchester United to join up with best friend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

The 29-year-old ended an unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford as he moved south in a swap contract that saw Alexis Sanchez the other way round.

Despite a big-money transfer to United in the summer of 2016, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho never appeared convinced by Mkhitaryan.

Mkhitaryan endured a testing time during his spell at Man Utd.

The Armenia international often found himself on the fringes of the team but now has a new lease of life at Arsenal, setting up three goals on his full debut in last weekend’s 5-1 win over Everton.

Although he had a rough time in the north-west, Mkhitaryan wants to put the past behind him and find the sort of form that left United and Arsenal battling for his signature when he left Borussia Dortmund.

“I don’t want to find excuses,” he said. “I don’t want to blame anyone…I am starting a new chapter in my life, in my football career and I am very happy to be here.

“I will be pleased to achieve more than I have done in Manchester, of course. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I just have to enjoy myself, do my best and at the end I will see where I can reach.”

While in Germany, Mkhitaryan struck up an understanding – both on and off the pitch – with Dortmund team-mate Aubameyang.

Now Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has reunited the pair at the Emirates Stadium having completed a club-record deadline-day move to bring in Aubameyang from the Westfalenstadion.

The Gabon striker scored on his debut against Everton, assisted by Mkhitaryan, who is delighted to be working with his friend once again.

“I think it could only be in a dream that we could join another club other than Dortmund but I am very happy for that,” he said.

“I have known him very well, he is one of my best friends and the best team-mate I have ever had. I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt.

“What can I say? I love playing with him. I can understand him from one step and hopefully for the next games we are going to achieve more.”

Arsenal impressed with a 5-1 win over Everton as Aubameyang & Mkhitaryan made their full debuts.

Although Mkhitaryan joined United, he has been a self-confessed Arsenal fan for over a decade having fallen in love with Wenger’s attacking philosophy and has lofty ambitions for his time at the club.

“I loved the way that Arsenal were playing at the time, I loved the way Arsene Wenger was treating his players, I loved the way that everything was happening around the club,” he explained.

“So it was just a dream, it was a drive to say ‘why not? I’m supporting Arsenal and I want to play for that club as well.’

“Of course first of all we have to win lots of games. Secondly, we have to think that we have to win titles because at the end of your football career only the titles mean something.

“I think if you play football, it doesn’t matter for which club, you have to achieve the maximum and you have to win titles because if you are playing just to play football it is better to stop playing it, you have to play to win titles and leave your name in the history of football.”

Mhkitaryan Hits At Mourinho’s Tactics At Manchester United, Showers Accolades On Arsenal’s Playing Style

The Armenian playmaker after joining  Arsenal from Manchester United said he is looking forward to playing “attacking football” in north London

Henrikh Mkhitaryan disclosed that Arsenal’s offensive tactics makes it a dream to join the Premier League club.

Mkhitaryan, 29, joined Arsenal earlier this month as part of a swap contract that led Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

The Armenia international made just 11 league starts at United this season before making the move to the Emirates Stadium.

As he praised new manager Arsene Wenger, Mkhitaryan said Arsenal’s style of play also made the club an attractive destination, perhaps aiming a dig at former boss Jose Mourinho’s perceived defensive approach at United.

“Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager. I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore,” he told Arsenal Player of Wenger.

“He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.

The Armenian playmaker after joining  Arsenal from Manchester United said he is looking forward to playing “attacking football” in north London

Henrikh Mkhitaryan disclosed that Arsenal’s offensive tactics makes it a dream to join the Premier League club.

Mkhitaryan, 29, joined Arsenal earlier this month as part of a swap contract that led Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

The Armenia international made just 11 league starts at United this season before making the move to the Emirates Stadium.

As he praised new manager Arsene Wenger, Mkhitaryan said Arsenal’s style of play also made the club an attractive destination, perhaps aiming a dig at former boss Jose Mourinho’s perceived defensive approach at United.

“Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager. I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore,” he told Arsenal Player of Wenger.

“He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.

“I Was Not Happy With His Last Performances,”- Mourinho Says About Mkhitaryan

“I was not happy with his last performances,” said Mourinho. “And I am not talking about one or two. I am talking about three, four or five. He started this season very well and after that, step by step, he was disappearing.

“His performance level — in terms of goalscoring, assists, high pressing, receiving the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a number 10 — were decreasing step by step.

“And there was a time that was enough. The others, they work to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance so it’s as simple as that.”

Jose Mourinho has offered a scathing analysis of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drop in form as the Manchester United manager explained why the midfielder has been exiled from his squad recently.

The Armenian is expected to be recalled to the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League game with Brighton after being out of contention altogether for the past two games.

Mkhitaryan last started for United, and turned in a lacklustre display, in the defeat against Chelsea at the start of the month and, Mourinho explained, that was the final straw for the manager.

Mkhitaryan has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since his arrival in a £26 million ($35 million, 29 million euros) deal from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

He found himself banished from Mourinho’s league line-up for well over two months early last season after a dismal display in their 2-1 derby defeat to City.

But he appeared to have won over his biggest critic — Mourinho — with some impressive performances as United won the Europa League and clinched Champions League football.