According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman signed playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a replacement for veteran Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla.
Asked about the two players having similarities, Wenger is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘There are similarities, yes. ‘I wish [he could take over Cazorla’s role]. ‘Santi was an exceptional football player, technically to find Santi [would be difficult]. ‘[Mkhitaryan] for sure has the technical level to play in our team.’
Santi Cazorla has been out a long time
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has failed to play for Arsenal in over a year. The 33-year-old Spain international has had nine operations in an attempt to cure an Achilles tendon problem.
However, it seems that the Gunners are hopeful he will return to the squad before the end of the season, as he has been included in the Europa League 25-man squad. Cazorla’s creativity and vision has been missed in the Arsenal midfield since his injury. The former Malaga playmaker is also a popular figure at the north London club with both players and fans.
Mkhitaryan a major creative force
Henrikh Mkhitaryan definitely has the creativity to replacement the Spanish international midfielder. The 29-year-old provided a stream of assists and goals during his days at Dortmund.
His output dipped at Manchester United slightly. However, he has shown flashes of his ability in a Red Devils shirt, including five assists in the first three Premier League games this season for Jose Mourinho’s men.
It seems that Mkhitaryan needs the right boss to bring the best out of him. Mourinho was not that man. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the playmaker and his style of play. The veteran French boss loves a silky attacking midfielder and Mkhitaryan fits into that bracket.
A good addition
Whether Mkhitaryan is a replacement for Cazorla or not, he is a good addition to the Gunners squad regardless. He is the sort of player that can help win games, a real match-winner.
His struggles at Old Trafford will be forgotten about if he gets back to his best in north London. Already he has shown what he can do when given space and faith in his ability.
The majority of Arsenal fans will hope that Santi Cazorla does return to the Gunners squad soon rather than later. However, in the meantime, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not a bad player to fill a creative void in the team.
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