A superlative attacking midfield display from Borussia Dortmund playmaker in the Revierderby was enough for the Armenian to run away with the Matchday 10 Player of the Week vote, Bundesliga’s official website writes.
Dortmund won 3-1 against local rivals FC Schalke 04 and Mkhitaryan demonstrated the full array of his playmaking abilities. As many as 58 per cent of bundesliga.com readers voted for the 24-year-old, giving him his second Player of the Week gong this season, after his brace against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 4.
“For those traditionalists who believe a playmaker’s passes are more important than his goals, Mkhitaryan’s was a performance for the ages. His beautifully weighted ball in the 17th minute allowed Marco Reus to cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who duly opened the scoring. As if the secondary assist was just a warning, Mkhitaryan then picked up two genuine assists. The first was a pass that invited Nuri Sahin to strike from 20 yards for his first goal of the season, while the second was the mark of a modern creative master,” the website writes.
He drove 70 yards after picking the ball up on the edge of his box, and then displayed superb vision to slide a pass in for Jakub Blaszczykowski, who made no mistake in making it 3-1. Mkhitaryan’s performance blew away his challengers for the award, Mario Mandzukic’s brace from the bench to lead Bayern to a 3-2 victory over Hertha Berlin only gaining him 19 per cent of the vote.