Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal have swapped one world class player for another after the player exchange between the Gunners and Manchester United saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrive in London and Alexis Sanchez depart up north.
It’s been a complicated process to get the deal done, for various reasons, but the Arsenal manager sounded happy to have signed a player he tried to bring to the club previously and one he’s been an admirer of since his Borussia Dortmund days.
Speaking to the official website after the transfer was officially announced, Wenger said, “We’re replacing a very good player with a very good player, a world-class player with a world-class player.
“Mkhitaryan can play on the wing or in midfield, so I believe he can play very well in many positions.
“That can help us as well because he can play together with Ozil as well as playmaker, so overall it’s a good move
He’s a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well. I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”
And with words that may been by some as a little dig at the departing Chilean, he continued, “I’m very excited to get a player in who will be committed and focused.
“It is vital as well to have players who have experience, because we have a very good bunch of young players but we know that it’s not sufficient in the Premier League today to put them all in together.
“You also need a good weight of experience in your team and he will contribute to that.”