Martin Keown: Arsene Wenger will get best out of new Arsenal signing
The Arsenal legend is convinced Arsene Wenger can help Henrikh Mkhitaryan to return to his peak form
Martin Keown is backing Arsene Wenger to get the best out of Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenia international completed a move to the north London side in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan struggled to make an impact at Manchester United during his 18-month spell at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old moved to the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund after being named the Bundesliga players’ player of the season.
Indeed, the attacking midfielder netted 11 goals and made 15 assists in his final season in the German top flight.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was regularly critical of the attacker during his brief stint at the 20-time English champions.
Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Wenger could be the right manager to rekindle Mkhitaryan’s top form.
“Arsene Wenger may have been handed a pot of gold in Mkhitaryan. Wenger will definitely get the best from him,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“Wenger seems to create a different environment to Jose Mourinho. Watching Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw for Manchester United recently, I felt sorry for them. They did not appreciate Mourinho’s style.
“Wenger will focus on what Mkhitaryan can do. The player will be coming in with a point to prove. Mourinho does not always get it right with players.
“Look at Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah. They have been two of the best players in the Premier League this season and both were let go by Mourinho at Chelsea.
“Mkhitaryan is coming in with a point to prove and if he can make it work, this will have been a successful transfer window for Wenger.”
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table in pursuit of a return to the Champions League after a one-season absence.
The Gunners signed Alexandre Lacazette in a club record £52m deal from Lyon in the summer transfer window.
Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac moved in a free transfer to Arsenal from Schalke back in June.