I spoke to Aubameyang about Arsenal move – Mkhitaryan
Former Manchester United forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has confessed that he spoke with his former teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang about linking up at the Emirates after admitting that the striker is one of his favourite players.
The Armenian joined the Gunners in a swap deal from United that saw Alexis Sanchez going in the other direction and Aubameyang completed his record move to Arsenal a few days later to join his former Dortmund pal in North London.
The duo was best of friends during their time together in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and the Gabonese also recently confirmed that he spoke with Mhki before deciding to join Arsenal.
However, Mkhitaryan has admitted in a recent revelation while speaking with Arsenal Player that he knows about the move. He said: “I won’t mention all the details because it’s not fair.”
“But yes, when I signed for Arsenal I’ve been in touch with him saying, ‘So the first step is done, now we’re waiting for the second one’.”
The two offensive players have played together twice since joining the Gunners as they were instrumental in the 5-1 thrashing of Everton at the Emirates a few days ago although they equally suffered a 1-0 defeat on Saturday at the North London derby.
Mkhitaryan has revealed that he is glad to have the opportunity to play with the former African footballer of the year again after their exciting partnership in Dortmund.
He continued: “I thought it could only be in a dream that we would 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 ever had.”
“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.” He concluded
Belgian forward, Michy Batshuayi has completed a loan move to join German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund for the remaining part of the season after club top striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang sealed his transfer to the Premier League in a £56million club record deal to Arsenal.
In a triangle of transfers, Chelsea needed to release Batshuayi to Dortmund after Aubameyang deal was completed although they were demanding for France International, Olivier Giroud from the Gunners.
After Giroud’s move to the other side of the capital has been done and dusted, Batshuayi was released to move to Dortmund on loan for the next six months.
He has struggled to secure a regular role at Stamford Bridge under Manager, Antonio Conte as it seems the Italian doesn’t have him in his plans despite his important goals, one of which sealed the League for the Blues last season.
The former Marseille striker has scored 12 goals with two assists in 26 appearances this term although more than half of those were times he came from the substitute bench.
As there are still few more hours to the closure of the transfer window for Premier League clubs, the deadline for transfer in the Bundesliga was 5 pm and Dortmund was clearly excited to have completed the forward signing at 4:48 pm, only 12 minutes before the end of transfer activities in Germany. He is now likely to make his debut in their League clash at FC Koln on Friday.
Arsenal is yet to meet Borussia Dortmund’s price for the Gabon International with only four days left in the January transfer window but there is likely to be a headway for them.
The Gunners are fully aware that time is not on their side on their Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pursuit although things might now work in their favour.
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger recently informed reporters that the North Londoners are not close to securing the Dortmund’s forward despite losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United they seem to be unwilling in meeting the striker’s price.
The Bundesliga side values the forward at $85m and thus want this price paid before considering selling. Wenger’s side, however, has only offered $71m for the 28-year-old.
Dortmund has thus grown upset with the Gunners and could be uninterested in the deal as time passes by but one thing that could work in Arsenal’s favour is the fact that a few key figures want Aubameyang out.
According to Sky Sports Germany, managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc are two authorities who believe the club would be better off without the wantaway attacker. This could go a long way to benefit the Gunners in this transfer saga.
Club Manager, Peter Stöger appears to be more lenient as he is likely to involve the former African footballer of the year in their Saturday Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.
Truly, a lot can happen between now and the transfer deadline by Wednesday. The Arsenal board could finally loosen their hold of their financial constraints and meet Dortmund’s asking price in time to have him available for Tuesday their Premier League’s clash with Swansea. However, things might also not go the way it is predicted which will be to the disappointment of the fans.