Arsene Wenger has discussed where Henrikh Mkhitaryan could fit into his Arsenal side, revealing the midfielder could operate in a deeper central role.
With Mkhitaryan replacing Alexis Sanchez in the squad, there’s a good chance he’ll end up on the left side of the attack. The Armenian, though, is versatile, and Arsene Wenger isn’t ruling out him using him in the middle of the pitch.
“He can play in different positions, but personally I see him first in a wide position, but I’m thinking about him a possibility to play through the middle,” the manager said, as reported by Arsenal.com.
“You are certain in our job of nothing, that’s absolutely sure. But you believe and I believe he has the qualities to do well, is a team player and our game is based on team attitude and movement and I think he can absorb the quantity of movement in our team.”
Mkhitaryan made his name as a wide playmaker and featured there to great effect for Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal so happen to have a vacancy in wide areas, so it seems the most natural fit.
Yet, should Mesut Ozil not be available for whatever reason, he could play as the number ten. If Wenger wants to be really unorthodox, he could even play him deeper in central midfield.
Arsenal have never quite managed to replace Santi Cazorla, although Jack Wilshere is currently doing a decent job in the role. Mkhitaryan has a similar skill set, and is getting older. He may not be as quick or as effective a dribbler as he used to be, however.
Wenger has made a habit of changing the positions of his players, so it’s something to look out for. Our new number seven should make his debut when we travel to Swansea next week.