The duo made their full Arsenal debuts against Everton and tore the Toffees apart
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Arsenal new boys Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their spectacular performances helped the Gunners thrash Everton 5-1.
Mkhitaryan, who completed a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez last month, recorded three assists including one for his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Aubameyang.
The Gabon striker became Arsenal’s most expensive player in history when he completed a £56 million move to the Emirates on transfer deadline day.
As team-mates at Dortmund, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan racked up 121 goals and 80 assists between 2013-2016 and Wenger said it is like the pair have been at the Emirates Stadium for years.
“In the first half we were quick, mobile, technically very sharp and we finished very well as well,” he said.
“Overall, two players integrated well into our game and they looked as if they had played for us forever.
“They have similar qualities to what our game is about. Technically, they are good.
“They are quick and overall it was a first convincing performance.”
Although Aaron Ramsey grabbed the majority of the headlines for his hat-trick from midfield, the creative influence of Mkhitaryan did not go unnoticed.
The Armenian was practically pushed out of the door at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho, but Wenger was full of praise for his new signing.
“He is a good link player and he works very hard as well,” added Wenger.
“Overall, I think he looked well-accepted by the rest of the team and was understanding very well how we want to play.
“I can say is that it was a convincing debut that shows that he has the level to play with us.”