When Henrik Mhkitaryan arrived as part of the deal when we robbed Manchester United of a lot of money for Alexis Sanchez, we were unconvinced that we had got a good deal, especially when his wages were pitched as high as Aubameyang’s. Since then he has spent a lot of time on the sidelines with injuries and rarely got a regular run of games, but just recently he seems to have got his act together and was one of our very best players against Tottenham at the weekend.
Unai Emery praised him highly after the game, and admitted that it would be very hard for anyone to match his energy and work-rate for a full 90 minutes. The Boss said: “He he had a big performance in both boxes, defensively and offensively,”
“He has the quality to help us in our style to play. For example, usually he can’t play 90 minutes while being consistent with his work. And another player maybe cannot do that either, at such intensity.
“But against Tottenham for example we changed some players after Wednesday, we changed also some players in the match to get fresh players, fresh energy, and I think it’s good combination and was important to help us, not today to win but to get close to doing that.”
We can’t help but praise the way Emery has got his players performing, and even though he rotates a lot more than we expected, they all seem to understand what the boss wants them to do, and they are doing it well.
Until recently, I would have said that Mhki was a good squad player at best, but I’m coming round to thinking he should be playing in as many games as possible if he can carry on performing like that.
What do you think?