Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said that the chance to reunite with Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a big factor in his decision to join Arsenal.
Both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan enjoyed a productive time together at Borussia Dortmund.
The pair provided plenty of goals and assists, and will now be looking to do the same at Arsenal.
Speaking about their relationship, Aubameyang admitted that the Armenian played a big part in his move to the club.
“I’m really happy [to be at the same club as Micki again],” he told Arsenal Player. “He’s really like a brother, a good friend, and we’ve played together in the past. I’m really happy to see him again.
“He called me a few times and he asked me, ‘Will you come or not?’ and I said, ‘First you have to tell me if you sign or not!’ Then he told me it was all done, and of course it was a big factor in coming here.
“I think we understand each other on and off the pitch. I think that’s why it’s a little bit easier on the pitch.”
Fittingly, it was Mkhitaryan who provided the assist for Aubameyang’s first goal for the club during the 5-1 win over Everton.
Before then, Aubameyang had played an excellent first-time pass for the midfielder, who went on to set-up Aaron Ramsey for the opening goal of the game.
Having such a developed partnership in attack will be a huge help to us during the remainder of the season.
Our attack could be very dangerous if Mesut Ozil forms a successful relationship with them as well.
The early signs are encouraging.
Now we’ll have to see how our new attack fares against the tougher defences we’ll be coming across during February.