It would seem the murmurs about Heinrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal just won’t quite die down and since it had become apparent that the Armenian is refusing to sign a new deal at Dortmund the talk is louder again. There is no doubt Arsenal have had him watched but then I suspect most of the top clubs have as the tricky midfielder has been free-scoring this past campaign.
There has been huge and unfair pressure on Mesut Ozil at Arsenal as the main creator and no one else had consistently stepped up to support the German wizard. Much emphasis has been placed on the addition of a more mobile target for his magical left foot to find but perhaps less on the potential need to take some of the weight of expectation from our Number 10.
This infographic clearly illustrates where perhaps some of Mesut’s colleagues have not ably assisted the assister and equally how Mkhitaryan has been active both in scoring and assisting in 2015/16.
Mkhitaryan for Arsenal, by the team at Free Super Tips – the only place to get expert football predictions
The figures of course don’t tell us the whole story so GT has once more turned to one of our founding contributors and our resident, literally, German expert, Chris Mader @Germangunners.
GT – HM is reported as refusing to sign a new deal at Dortmund and then tabloid links to Arsenal. What are German press saying?
GG – HM hasn’t signed a new contract yet. It’s still possible but he demands release clauses such as “Tuchel clause” which gives him the chance to leave if Tuchel is sacked or leaves plus regular release clause probably around 45 Million Euros
GT – You follow German football but love Arsenal so would you like him at the Emirates next season?
GG -Yes of course he would be a great signing for Arsenal. He got back to form after having a bad season two years ago. He was voted player of the season by the Player’s Association.
GT – If the interest he would be a starter but where and in what formation would he fit?
GG -He can play offensive midfield on various positions. Played on the left a lot but can play right wing and central easily. He got his scoring boots back this season netting 11 times in league I think. In addition he gave 20 assists. He may fit as a winger which would see Arsenal shake up their whole midfield with Xhaka already signed. But it’s important to see Wenger having options these days especially across the midfield.
GT – If playing wide does he has the box to box work ethic, the lack of which has clearly lost Walcott his place?
GG -He’s definitely not a box to box player. But surely he has a lot more to offer in the defensive department than Walcott. In the end he is a creative midfielder such as Ozil which normally includes minor defensive duties.
Thanks Chris we cam all watch this place but he sounds an exciting potential addition