Monday 19 August 2019

Henrikh Mkhitaryan reveals that his childhood idol was an Arsenal legend

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring on Sunday
Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring on Sunday

Jack Austin

Manchester United summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed his idol growing up was a man often chief tormentor of the Red Devils, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman is the Gunners’ all-time top goalscorer with 228 goals and helped the club to two Premier League title, two FA Cup and a Champions League final.

Mkhitaryan even admitted that his choice of position as a child was influenced by Henry.

"I always supported Henry when he was playing for Arsenal,” said Mkhitaryan. “He is one of my favourite players because at that time I was also playing as a striker as a child. Then I became a midfielder."

Mkhitaryan had a slow start to his United career after his £26.5m move from Borussia Dortmund, only starting one game in his first three months at Old Trafford.

However, he has featured in all four of United’s last four games and scored two in his last two to become an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s side before being forced off with an ankle injury against Tottenham on the weekend.

His injury is expected to keep him out of at least United’s next two games and Mkhitaryan admitted he needed to get used to the way of the Premier League.

Reflecting on the start of his United career, Mkhitaryan said: “English football is really different to football in other countries. So if you're playing in Germany, France, England or Spain you have to get used to playing in that league.

"In the beginning it was a little bit hard but I keep doing everything that is needed to become a Premier League player.

"I've done hard work and I've tried to do everything the manager is asking from me to play in this team and to be useful for the team."

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