Wenger lauds Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s positive impact at Arsenal

Arsenal new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan was singled out for praise by Arsene Wenger after a virtuoso display agaisnt Everton on Saturday night.
Arsene Wenger said that the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have sparked a new sense of purpose within the dressing room.

He said that the 29-year-old’s performance  reminded him of Santi Cazorla, a player whose absence has most coincided with Arsenal’s dips over recent years.

“There are similarities there,” said Wenger. “Santi was an exceptional football player. I met Mkhitaryan before (he joined Manchester United) and I have always liked his game.

“He’s a player dedicated totally. He comes from a country, Armenia, where you need special character to become a great football player. He looks happy to play football simply because he just loves it.”

“Your main target is to get the players to enjoy the game they play and to share it with the fans,” said Wenger.

“When you have new players it always gives a little positive swing, and it wakes everybody up as well, because there’s suddenly competition.”

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