Ian Wright: What I really think about Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Ian Wright discusses Arsenal's move to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Man United this month
Ian Wright believes that Arsenal have signed a good player in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan but claims that the Gunners were rushed into the deal this month.
The Armenia international signed for the Gunners on Monday as part of the same deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old has already been training with his new team-mates at London Colney as he looks to try and break into the first team at The Emirates in the second half of the campaign.
Mkhitaryan has something to prove at Arsenal after having dramatically fallen out of favour at Old Trafford in recent months under Jose Mourinho after initially impressing in the opening stages of the campaign.
Wright is a fan of Mkhitaryan but the Arsenal legend feels that it is “bad” business by the Gunners after the relentless uncertainty about Sanchez’s future at the club.
Speaking on The Debate on Sky Sports, Wright said: “It’s terrible business from Arsenal, they should have let Sanchez go last summer, collected the money and went from there.
“It’s bad business letting Sanchez leave as they have done but the Mkhitaryan deal is the best of a bad situation.
“Mkhitaryan is a top player. I don’t think we saw the best of him at Manchester United but I do believe Arsenal have got a good player.
“He’s still trying to find his feet in England but I’ve seen enough of him when he has played to know he has quality.
“We know Jose Mourinho can get the hump with some players but I hope he can come to Arsenal, a much friendlier environment in terms of management and players, and hopefully he can thrive.”
Mkhitaryan scored one goal and made one assist for Manchester United in the Premier League this season.
The Armenian could make his debut for Arsenal when the Gunners travel to Swansea City in the Premier League next Tuesday night.