Chris Sutton makes claim about Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal

Chris Sutton explains why Arsenal fans should be very excited about the way their team is shaping up

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton has claimed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in the right place to thrive at Arsenal after having been “shackled” at Manchester United.

The Armenia international completed his transfer to the north London side from Manchester United last month as part of the same deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan kicked off is Arsenal career in style last weekend when he set up three of the Gunners’ five goals in their 5-1 thrashing of Everton at The Emirates.

The 29-year-old had started the season strongly at Manchester United but quickly fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho after struggling to hold down a regular spot in the team.

Now, Sutton feels that Mkhitaryan is in the perfect place to fulfil his potential and he is backing the playmaker to help Arsenal compete for a top-four finish this term.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Sutton said: “If you’re an Arsenal fan, there is a bit of hope now. Alright, it’s one game [against Everton].

“Mkhitaryan has a freedom about him. He was shackled at Man United. Ozil is tied down…

“Of course they have issues at the back. But if you’re an Arsenal fan, there must be a real hope they can get a top four spot. They have real quality up front.”

Mkhitaryan will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The north London side know that victory in that game would move them to within just one point of Mauricio Pochettino’s men as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature