Arsene Wenger admits concern about new Arsenal signing

Arsene Wenger discusses how Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have been affected by his final few months at Man United

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New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have suffered a significant dip in confidence following his difficult spell at Manchester United this season.

The Armenia international signed for the north London side on Monday as part of the same deal for Alexis Sanchez to leave The Emirates and head to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan is now settling into life at Arsenal following his move and will be hoping to quickly break into the first team at the north London club.

The 29-year-old fell dramatically out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United this season after having started the season strongly.

Indeed, Mkhitaryan was left out by the Portuguese coach on an increasing number of occasions towards the end of his stint at Old Trafford.

And Wenger has admitted that he is a little bit concerned about how his final few months at the Red Devils could have affected his confidence levels.

Speaking at a news conference at London Colney on Tuesday, Wenger said: “Yes, of course you worry about how much it has affected him.

“But as well but it’s a new chance for him, what you want in life is a new chance and I’m sure with his quality that he will take it.

“I met him at the time (he moved to United), at the time we were close but in the end it didn’t work.”

Mkhitaryan could be in line to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal when the Gunners return to top flight action on Tuesday night with a trip to Swansea City.

The north London side are currently in sixth place in the table as they bid to try and break back into the top four this season.

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