I have just finished watching the 2020 Armenia v Bosnia European Championship qualifier and what a match it was and what a performance from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
As we all know he has joined Roma on loan primarily because of his below-par performances for Arsenal but we all knew he had the talent and that was the frustrating thing about the Armenian.
Well, today he put on a fantastic display for his country, not only did he find the back of the net twice in the 4-2 win for Armenia but the third goal was something special not because he scored, he did not, but the way he controlled a high ball pass and then whipped it with pinpoint accuracy across the area for his teammate Hovhannes Hambardzumyan to score was simply brilliant.
Everything he lacked at Arsenal he employed today, leadership, skill, confidence, passing accuracy, finishing, you name it, he had it in abundance.
Why he could not have done for Arsenal what he did for Armenia today I will never know.
It should also be noted that Sead Kolasinac also had a great game, his penetrating runs down the left flank also came with some great crosses and if it was not for Edin Dzeko he would have had at least a couple more assists than one he has to his name.
What I saw today from Kolasinac and Mkhitaryan was two players very content playing beautiful football and while the respective opponents are not exactly world-class it does not take away from the duo’s performances for their countries.
I suppose one positive is that if they continue to play like they did today for their nations it will help maintain their transfer value at the very least.