There have been a growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours in recent weeks that have suggested firstly that the Borussia Dortmund and Armenia star Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a target for Arsene Wenger and then that the player wanted to join us and was set for a move to north London in this summer transfer window. The Gunners werequickly installed as favourites to sign him in the Online Soccer Betting.
There were also reports that he might go to our Premier League rivals Manchester United instead, and the only good thing about the latest development on the Mkhitaryan situation is that he will not be joining up with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
The problem for us is that he will not be playing for the Gunners either, as the CEO of Dortmund has issued a statement reported by Squawka.com that the Bundesliga club will not sell him and are prepared to see him leave for nothing when his current contract runs out next summer instead.
Hans-Joachim Watzke told the German press, “We’ve been negotiating a new deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months. We now know he won’t sign an extension. There was never a promise that he can leave us prematurely.
“We have intensely discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season.”
This is a real blow as Mkhitaryan was the most accomplished striker in Europe last season in terms of assists and goals scored in the Bundesliga. If this pacy and dangerous player was part of Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans for the off season, who do you think the Frenchman will turn his attention to now that Dortmund have told us and any other potential suitors to forget it?
One big possibility is Alexandre Lacazette, who has already admitted he would like a move to England this summer, and also claimed his club were aware of the situation.
“Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player,” Lacazette explained. “But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.
“So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”
I personally think Lacazette would be a steal and could lead the line at Arsenal for many years to come, but I would have liked for Wenger to buy both of them to make us unstoppable!