As Arsenal midfielder, Henrikh Mkhirtaryan clocks 30 today, we take a look at the Armenian’s life beaming our searchlights on his career choices and style of play.
It’s only approximately one year ago that Manchester United made a swap deal with Arsenal involving Henrikh Mkhirtaryan and Alexis Sanchez.
Albeit, Sanchez has been a flop for Manchester United as stats suggest, Mkhirtaryan on the other hand has been a pretty much better player for club side, Arsenal.
The 5ft. 10in. tall player was born on the 21st of January, 1989 and is a native of Armenia balling for the team a their national captain.
The midfielder has featured for club sides, Pyunik, Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Arsenal.
However, it was at Shakhtar Donetsk that the then – wide midfielder – was known for his goal scoring opportunities. He was so terrific that he drew comparisons with France and Real Madrid great, Zinedine Zidane. He was voted as Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player in an online poll, one he deserved for notching 11 goals in 37 matches.
It was his exploits in Russia that earned him the interest of Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.
He was signed by the German side for a sum of €27.5 million after a series of lengthy talks. In his debut season, the midfielder helped his side to DFB-Supercup win.
Soon after the midfielder secured a spot in the Starting XI notching an incredible 15 assists in the Bundesliga, leaving him second highest provider in the whole of Europe at the time.
This is what attracted Manchester United for a move for the Armenian. United would later have to cough out €34.3 million where he helped the team to a Community Shield win and their first UEFA Europa League win.
However, some poor spells and trouble at Manchester United made United swap him for Alexis Sanchez