Arsenal Opinion – Why Gunners shouldn’t offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan
According to a report in Mirror, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Arsenal future is in doubt as the club is apparently looking to offload him in the summer. Mesut Ozil is in the same boat as the Gunners are aiming to lighten their wage bill to increase the spending budget in the summer transfer window.
Mkhitaryan arrived at the Emirates stadium last January and earns around £180,000-per-week. However, manager Unai Emery believes that the Armenian’s wage could be used in a better way once the window reopens. (h/t Mirror)
Hence, on that front, offloading Mkhitaryan, who is now 30, makes sense. But if we look at the broader perspective, here’s why the Gunners may commit a blunder by letting go of the player:
Mkhitaryan’s quality is too good to be sold
It’s true that Henrikh Mkhitaryan was not Arsenal’s best player up until the turn of this year. But since his return from injury last month, the Armenian has been in top form for the Gunners and is showing the qualities he possesses as a player.
He has played on either wing and exhibited class on the ball. But, most importantly, the 30-year-old has shown that can work hard for the team without possession as well. This is where a player becomes a vital cog for any successful unit.
All in all, it would be unfair to let go of such a talent. Furthermore, Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has good understanding since their Dortmund days. Hence, breaking that creative-scoring bond won’t suffice.
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Arsenal are also looking to offload Ozil along with Mkhitaryan. (h/t Mirror) On current form and on what we have witnessed, getting the former on the sale list won’t be a bad decision, while doing the same for the latter might come back to haunt.