Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made the switch from Manchester to London as part of the Alexis Sanchez departure. It’s reported that it was the Gunners who asked for the Armenian to be included in the deal. With Henrikh Mkhitaryan turning 29 today, was this a wise move from Arsène Wenger?
Here are three Manchester United players Arsenal could have asked for instead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Since Patrick Vieira swapped London for Turin, Arsenal’s midfield presence has certainly looked smaller in stature. In fact, it seems as though Arsène Wenger made a conscious switch to then target more technically gifted players rather than physically strong ones. And with that decision, Arsenal began to play better football while simultaneously becoming easier to beat. The truth is, Arsenal don’t have leaders on the pitch, men who can rally the troops when the going’s getting tough.
Ander Herrera has regularly found himself on the sidelines this season and moving to the Emirates could have offered him a lifeline. Not only will he get sufficient playing time at Arsenal, but he’d also be given the opportunity to revive a timid Arsenal midfield. Granit Xhaka has failed to impress since moving from Borussia Monchengladbach, and the North London club need a tough-tackling midfielder that has more sense than bravado.