Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal to take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.
The Armenian international brings to an end a frustrating 18-month spell at Old Trafford, and finally joins the club he turned down to join Man United in the summer of 2016.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 22, 2018
Big things were expected of the forward when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in a £27m deal, particularly after the strong season he had just enjoyed in Germany. However, he failed to nailed down a starting spot under Jose Mourinho during his first season in England – and despite beginning the current campaign in blistering form, he faded away dramatically and has only started one Premier League game in over two months.
Wenger will now be hoping that the 28-year-old can recapture his best form in his new north London surroundings as he looks to compensate for the loss of Sanchez and maintain the push for the Champions League spots.
Mkhitaryan could be set to link up with former Borussia Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with talks between the Bundesliga side and Arsenal said to be ongoing with a view to completing a £60m+ deal before the end of the transfer window.
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