Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had an ‘absolute nightmare’ at the Emirates as he comes to the end of a disappointing first full season with the Gunners, speaking to Sky Sports (15 April, 10:00pm).
The Armenian international made the switch to North London in January 2018 as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.
But, while the Chilean has been an almighty flop at Old Trafford, making a mockery of his astronomical £400,000 a week wages, Mkhitaryan’s struggles in North London have rather gone under the radar by comparison.
The 30-year-old has stated just 15 Premier League games all season and failed to make any sort of an impression in the narrow 1-0 win away at Watford on Monday night.
After the game, Wright has hit out at a forward who has looked a shadow of the jet-heeled talent who won the Bundesliga’s Player of the Year award in 2016.
“He’s come in and we know he’s a quality operator but it’s just not happened,” Wright said.
“Between these two [Mkhitaryan and Sanchez], they’ve both had an absolute nightmare. Honestly they’ve had an absolute nightmare.
“Even if that’s the case, then you’d have to say with the assists, it’s not enough.”
Mkhitaryan has produced six goals and six assists in all competitions this season but you would expect a lot more from a player who was a prolific source of creativity during his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.