Video: The Armenian magician, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

By Mutala Yakubu
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Arsenal

Herinkh Mkhitaryan has completed a move from Manchester United to Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move the other direction.

Mkhitaryan is known for his great composure on the ball and his blistering pace to take on defenders.

His rise has been a success story so far as he started his career in his native Armenia.

 

Pyunik

Mkhitaryan joined the FC Pyunik youth system in 1995 and received his first salary at the age of 15.

He was later promoted to the first team of FC Pyunik, making his professional debut in 2006 at the age of 17.

He last played for the club in the 2009 season. During that season he scored 11 league goals in 10 league games.

In his four seasons in the Pyunik first team, they won the Armenian Premier League on four occasions (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

 

Metalurh Donetsk

Mkhitaryan playing for Metalurh DonetskMkhitaryan playing for Metalurh Donetsk

Mkhitaryan joined Metalurh Donetsk in 2009.

He scored a goal on his debut in a 3–0 victory against Belarusian Premier League side FC Partizan Minsk, in the Europa League on 16 July 2009.

The following season he was named captain of the club on 14 July 2010, at the age 21, making him the youngest captain in Metalurh Donetsk history.

He made 37 league appearances during his time at Metalurh, scoring 12 goals.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk

Mhkitaryan was superb for Shakhtar Donetsk Mhkitaryan was superb for Shakhtar Donetsk

On 30 August 2010, he sealed a $7.5 million switch to reigning Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

His first season with the club was extremely successful for Shakhtar as they won the treble (Premier League, Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup).

In an online poll on Shakhtar Donetsk's official website, Mkhitaryan was voted as the best player of Shakhtar in 2011–12 Premier League season with about 38% of total votes.

 

Borussia Dortmund

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On 8 July 2013, Borussia Dortmund announced that it was set to sign a four-year deal with Mkhitaryan for €25 million (£21.5 million).

Mkhitaryan finished his season with nine goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga and was included in the WhoScored Bundesliga Team of the Season.

The first trophy Mkhitaryan won with Dortmund was the 2014 DFL-Supercup, scoring the first goal in the 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich.

In the 2015–16 season  Mkhitaryan was voted the Bundesliga Players' Player of the Season.

 

Manchester United

 Mkhitaryan struggled at Man UnitedMkhitaryan struggled at Man United

Mkhitaryan joined Manchester United on a four-year contract for a transfer fee reported variously as between £27 million and £30 million.

He became the first Armenian to play in the Premier League on 14 August 2016 when he came on as a 75th-minute substitute for Juan Mata in a 3–1 away victory against Bournemouth.

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In the first three matches of the 2017–18 Premier League season, Mkhitaryan assisted a record-equalling five goals.

However, he soon struggled for form and was axed from the starting line-up since United's 4–1 victory over Newcastle United.

 

Arsenal

Mkhitaryan has started training with ArsenalMkhitaryan has started training with Arsenal

On 22 January 2018, Arsenal announced the signing of Mkhitaryan from Manchester United, as part of a swap deal with Alexis Sánchez moving in the other direction.

Here is a taste of what Arsenal fans should look out for