Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in a swap deal a year ago that saw Alexis Sanchez move in the opposite direction.
Since his move from United the Armenian international has made nine assists and scored five goals in his 32 appearances which is not a bad result. But taking into consideration his displays in the first half of the season it’s understood that Mkhitaryan is struggling to make an impact and find his form.
The midfielder has scored only two goals and made one assist from his 10 Premier League appearances this season, moreover, poor showing against Bournemouth and being substituted at half-time of the north London derby demonstrate he lacks the consistency to be guaranteed a spot in the Arsenal starting XI.
correspondent’s question to reflect on his first year at Arsenal, Mkhitaryan replied:
“I would say it’s a bit too early to say something about it but I’m very pleased to be here and I’m trying my best.
“It wasn’t very easy at the start but I kept working every day and game after game, I’m trying to improve my game.
“I would say everything is going well, I’m very happy at the moment and I hope to continue in the same way.”
On his partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil Mkhitaryan replied: “I think it makes your job easier [having world-class strikers]," said Mkhitaryan. "From the left side you have Auba, from the right side you have Lacazette, you can play in the middle where Mesut is taking position so it makes things more easy. It’s a [dream] for me and I think for the others as well."
Despite Mkhitaryan’s all struggles, Mourinho was certainly wrong about his mental and physical preparedness as he will definitely have time to prove his worth as a highly rated play.