Dietmar Hamann: What I really think about Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The Liverpool FC legend believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan could become a highly-coveted player at Arsenal
Dietmar Hamann believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan could become a top Premier League player if Arsene Wenger is able to get the best out of the Arsenal signing.
The Gunners signed Mkhitaryan in a swap deal from Manchester United in the January transfer window after Alexis Sanchez completed a switch to Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old produced some good individual performances during his Red Devils reign but the midfielder struggled to maintain consistency at Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan made an impressive start to his Arsenal career with three assists in a resounding 5-1 win against Everton in his home debut at The Emirates last month.
The Armenia international moved to the Premier League as one of Germany’s top players after his fellow professionals voted him the Bundesliga player of the season in 2015-16.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Hamann explained why he is such a big fan of Mkhitaryan ahead of Arsenal’s home clash against Manchester City at The Emirates on Thursday night.
“I think the one I would take is probably a player that has just arrived at the club in Mkhitaryan,” Hamann told TAG Heuer.
“I think he’s a very capable player and for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out at Manchester United but I think they’ve got a top player.
“And if Wenger gets the best out of him, I think you see a player who a lot of other teams would want in 6-18 months’ time because he is a provider, he’s a goal scorer and I think all-round he is probably the complete offensive midfielder for me.
“I think in Mkhitaryan if he gets him going then people will be surprised how good he is.
Mkhitaryan was cup tied for Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley last weekend.
Arsenal signed Mkhitaryan’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a club record £56m deal in the January transfer window.