According to The Sun, Armenian and Borussia Dortmund’s playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has refused to sign a contract extension at the German club who recently lost Ilkay Gundogan and Matt Hummels to both Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
Mkhitaryan joined BVD from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 as a replacement for then Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze. The Armenian showed early promises of his quality under then manager Jurgen Klopp but it was not until last season that he blossomed.
Now 27, Mkhitaryan has been strongly linked with Arsenal after scoring 23 goals and providing 18 assists in 52 games in all competitions. Though he is yet to sign for Arsenal, it is reported that the North London club are favourites to sign him this season.
This may partly be as a result of his statement as early as 2009 while still at Shakhtar Donetsk and then 20 years of age. While fielding questions from Goal.com journalists, Mkhitaryan said, “My favourite team is Arsenal. I like their attacking play and fast style. ”
“Moreover, Arsene Wenger puts faith in young players while demanding results at the same time. I like that and I want to play there one day,” he concluded.
This has already shown that the playmaker who can play in any forward position was interested in joining Arsenal at a point. With the rumours on the high that Arsenal have lodged a bid of £25 million for the player who has 12 months to go on his contract, it is only time that would tell if it will become a reality.