Michael Thomas feels that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a great bit of business, but has urged the club to sort out the defence.

Arsenal are close to completing a deal that will see Mkhitaryan arrive in exchange in for Alexis Sanchez.

Reacting to the deal, former Gunners midfielder Michael Thomas told Goals on Sunday: “It’s a great bit of business. Mkhitaryan will thrive under Wenger definitely.”

Mkhitaryan struggled for consistency under Jose Mourinho and didn’t enjoy Manchester United’s style of football.

He should get more freedom at Arsenal, which could see him return to his best form.

While Arsenal are getting a fine creative player, Thomas feels the team needs more goals and to be stronger at the back.

“But who’s going to score the goals? They need more goals around the team, and be stronger defensively if they want to go up the league,” he added.

“For years it’s been about goalkeeper and central defence.

“Now we have to sort out the central defence and make sure it’s a tighter unit.

“Then you can think about the big trophies.

“If you can’t sort your back door out, what’s the point of scoring goals?”

Arsenal will add plenty of goals to their side should they manage to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

The attack will look a lot more dangerous should he partner up with Mkhitaryan again.

The defence, though, does remain a concern.

Arsenal are reportedly looking at Jonny Evans this month, but there have been no new developments since the start of the window.

We may last the season with the options we already have, but with key players at the back getting older, we’ll need to address this area in the summer.

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