Phil Neville reckons that Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s potential move to Arsenal wouldn’t just be good for the club, it could also reignite the player’s career.
Mkhitaryan will reportedly move to Arsenal from Manchester United as part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez and there are people, such as Ian Wright, who aren’t convinced the 28-year-old will be any good for the Gunners. Neville, however, doesn’t agree.
“I can see Henrikh [Mkhitaryan] going to Arsenal and being a fantastic signing for them,” Neville, who is favourite to be named as the next England Women manager, told BBC Radio 5 live.
“If Arsenal sign Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, Arsenal may become a better team, because they will have two really good players.
“We didn’t see the best of Mkhitaryan at United. I’m a massive fan of him.
“We saw glimpses this season, but I didn’t think he would be in Jose’s starting XI.
“He needs to go to a club where he will be allowed to flourish and maybe Arsenal is that club.
“I think it is a sensational deal for United.”
Arsenal were close to signing Mkhitaryan in 2016 before he signed for Manchester United. The ex-Borussia Dortmund playmaker was on fire in the Bundesliga and Arsene Wenger was keen to bring him to north London.
The Armenia international’s agent, Mino Raiola, had other plans.
United offered Dortmund £5m move than Arsenal and Raiola, whose client list includes Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, convinced Mkhitaryan to move to Manchester.
Although the midfielder is reportedly hesitant over the move, an old interview with him when he was just 20-years-old surfaced recently. In it, Mkhitaryan revealed he’s an Arsenal fan. Therefore, moving to the club he supports (or at least used to) and playing for a manager who appreciates him could do his career the world of good.
Likewise, Arsenal signing a player who actually wants to play for the shirt can only be a good thing. They’re hard to find these days…