New Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan has told the club’s official website Arsenal.com that he loves playing alongside record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The two players were teammates at Borussia Dortmund before Mkhitaryan’s switch to Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2016, but 18 months later they are donning the same shirt once more in North London.
Aubameyang arrived on the January transfer deadline day and three days later he was scoring on his home debut – Arsenal’s fourth in what was a 5-1 rout of Sam Allardyce’s Everton.
Mkhitaryan laid on the assist for Aubameyang’s first Arsenal goal, and the creative midfielder admits he loves playing alongside the Gabon international as he hopes for the two to continue their fantastic understanding.
"I thought it could only be in a dream that we could join another club other than Dortmund but I am very happy for that. I know him very well, he is one of my best friends and one of the best team-mates I have every had,” Mkhitaryan told Arsenal.com.
"I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt. What can I say? I love playing with him.”
While the two could not quite replicate their Everton success during the North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the signs are promising, and the former Dortmund favourites will only get better in time.
Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal may not be beneficial to all the current squad players, however, with Alexandre Lacazette being forced to start to the past two games on the bench having previously been a regular.
The Frenchman has struggled for form over the past two months, and popular figures such as former player Emmanuel Petit have questioned whether he will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.