Arsene Wenger reveals hopes for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil partnership after Armenian's arrival

23 January 2018 Author :  

Arsene Wenger believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan can strike a partnership with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan completed his move from Manchester United on Monday with Alexis Sanchez moving in the other direction.

Ozil is out of contract in the summer but Arsenal are hopeful he will extend his tenure at the Emirates.

And Wenger believes the pair can flourish together in north London.

"Mkhitaryan can play on the wing or in midfield, so I believe he can play very well in many positions," he said.

Arsenal unveil Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Image: Arsenal FC)
The Armenian signs (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Wenger with Ozil (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"That can help us as well because he can play together with Ozil as well as playmaker, so overall it’s a good move.

"We’re replacing a very good player with a very good player, a world-class player with a world-class player.

"He's a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well. I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.

"Maybe where he’s a bit short is on goalscoring but he has improved that. If you look at the number of goals he’s scored in his career, it’s quite impressive overall.

"I’m very excited to get a player in who will be committed and focused. It is vital as well to have players who have experience, because we have a very good bunch of young players but we know that it’s not sufficient in the Premier League today to put them all in together.

"You also need a good weight of experience in your team and he will contribute to that."




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