Arsenal fans were calling Henrik Mhkitaryan a Man United reject when Arsene Wenger took the Armenian international as part of the swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford, but straight away Mhki made an impact serving up three assists in the game against Everton.
He has had a torrid settling in process since then but last night he was back to his brilliant best. He scored his first goal for us and could easily have had more and looked far more productive than Alexis on a good day. He was very pleased to open his account in such a big game himself. “We played very well in the first half.” he said.
“I think we were not very focused in the second half and that’s why we couldn’t find our best game, but the most important thing is that we have a two-goal lead and a very good result and performance. It was very important that we didn’t concede a goal and we scored two in an away game. Now we have to be ready for the next game against Watford and then again, against Milan. Now we know that it won’t be easy in the second leg but we are going to give everything to go through,”
“It’s always special to play in a stadium like the San Siro, but it doesn’t matter if we play away. The atmosphere was great and I think every player likes to play in this kind of stadium and atmosphere. We didn’t pay attention to that, but we were thankful that our fans had travelled from London and all over the world to support us.”
Speaking about the goal, he said: “Of course I am very pleased, it was my first goal for Arsenal and I am very happy. But I have to keep doing the same now.”
So what do you think? Were we lucky to get Henrik while getting rid of the disruptive Alexis? Or is the jury still out?