Granit Xhaka says Arsenal’s style of play will suit Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and he’d happily put the days of playing against the Armenian international behind him.
Before they faced up against each other with Manchester United and Arsenal, both players made their name in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal’s number 29 joined from Borussia Monchengladbach, whilst Mkhitaryan spent three years at Dortmund.
Xhaka had this to say about his former opponent (via The S*n): “I read that in 2009 he said that he likes Arsenal. I’m sure the style of play here would suit him.
“Every player has their own qualities. He is a great footballer, so let’s just see what happens.
“It was tough to play against him. To be honest, I would rather have played alongside him. He is a player who is obviously very good and has lots of good qualities as well.”
Considering their connection to German football, hopefully Xhaka can help Mkhitaryan settle in a bit. It’s always good to have a few connections before you move somewhere.
The Swiss midfielder is right that the 29-year-old suits Arsenal’s style of play.
Mkhitaryan is great at through balls, passing and creating chances. Alongside Mesut Özil Arsenal could have dynamite creative duo on their hands.
I can also see why Xhaka found it tough to play against the Armenian.
In his last season in Germany, Mkhitaryan scored three goals and assisted one in two league games against Gladbach.
I’m sure that wasn’t much fun, although Granit did get a bit of revenge last season, scoring as Arsenal beat Mkhitaryan’s United side 2-0.