After moving to Arsenal as part of a swap with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan expressed his delight.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to “create history” after completing a “dream” move to Arsenal in a swap deal that sent Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan failed to establish himself at United following a reported £26.3million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and has been traded for Chile international Sanchez, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium was set to expire at the end of the season.
The Armenia international expressed his satisfaction at completing the switch to north London, where he has signed a “long-term contract”.
“I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” Mkhitaryan told Arsenal’s official website following Monday’s confirmation of the blockbuster switch.
“It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.
“I always loved the way that Arsenal played and the way that Arsene Wenger has managed the team. There have been a lot of young players, he’s managed them and they’ve done very well.
“Of course I was in love with the game of Thierry Henry. I loved the way he played – and maybe that was the reason to support Arsenal.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is delighted to have captured Mkhitaryan and hailed the player’s range of qualities.
“Henrikh is a very complete player,” said Wenger.
“He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well. I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be the next player to arrive at Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund claimed the Gunners had made a formal bid for the unsettled striker at the weekend, though Wenger has since denied any movement on a potential transfer.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Profile:
Henrikh is 29 years old. he was born on January 21, 1989 in Yerevan, Armenia.
Previous clubs: Henrikh started his career at Pyunik in Armenia, before playing for Metalurh Donetsk and then Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. He really made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund, where he spent three years, before joining Manchester United in July 2016.
Since joining Europe’s top-five leagues, Henrikh has played 129 times (for Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United), scoring 28 goals, claiming 35 assists and creating 235 chances – an average of 1.8 per game.
During his time at Dortmund, Mkhitaryan delivered 41 assists in all competitions – more than any other Bundesliga player in this period.
In 2015/16, Mkhitaryan created more goals (26) than any player in the top-five leagues in Europe – including the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Angel Di Maria and Neymar.
This season, Henrikh equaled the Premier League record for most assists in his first three appearances in a season (five, by Ruel Fox in 1994/95).
Henrikh is Armenia’s all-time record goalscorer with 24 goals in 70 appearances – including strikes against Italy and Germany, and a hat-trick against Guatemala in May 2016.
Henrikh has been voted Armenian Footballer of the Year eight times.
He was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season in 2015/16, and was crowned Bundesliga Assist Leader in the same year and voted into the Europa League Squad of the Season in 2016/17.