A Manchester United reject and a moody Gabonian who wants to join Real Madrid. Arsenal are in “panic buy” mode after losing Alexis Sanchez.
That is how the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are being reported by some.
Well if both players are panic buys, they are possibly the best panic buys in the world.
Mkhitaryan has had a tough 18 months at Manchester United. He has struggled to get a consistent run in the Manchester United team.
Describing him as a panic buy is a bit erroneous taking into account that 18 months ago, he was on the verge of joining Arsenal before Manchester United swooped in. He has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time.
The 8 time Armenian Footballer of the Year was named Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Season in his last season for Borussia Dortmund.
Last season for Manchester United, he was named in the Europa League Team of the Year, and got more assists than any other player. Likewise in 2015-16, his last at Dortmund, he was in the team of the year and was Bundesliga Team of the Year.
Anyone who saw him play for Dortmund would say that he is a quality player, and that he has been a shadow of himself for Manchester United.
He is certainly not the first player we have ever bought who was struggling before he came to us. Think Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
He struggled at Manchester United, but he is certainly not a bad player.
Then we come to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Another panic buy. A striker who has scored 141 in 212 games.
Even this season, when Aubameyang has had a falling out with staff and apparently been moody and disinterested, he has still scored 21 goals in 23 games.
Aubameyang is a proven goal scorer who is at the peak of his powers.
In their last season together, Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang scored 62 goals between them. They are not players bought because we were in a panic and had no other options. They are both brilliant signings.