Henrikh Mkhitaryan has labelled his move to Arsenal from Manchester United ‘a dream come true’ after signing a long-term contract with the north London outfit on Monday.
The Armenian moves to the Emirates in exchange for Alexis Sanchez, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford.
‘I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,’ Mkhitaryan told the club’s website following the announcement.
The Armenian midfielder has labelled his move to the north London outfit ‘a dream come true’
‘It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.’
‘I always loved the way that Arsenal played and the way that Arsene Wenger has managed the team. There have been a lot of young players, he’s managed them and they’ve done very well.
‘Of course I was in love with the game of Thierry Henry. I loved the way he played – and maybe that was the reason to support Arsenal.’
Manager Arsene Wenger was quick to praise his new signing, calling the 29-year-old ‘a very complete player’.
‘He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well,’ the Frenchman added. ‘I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.’
Arsenal confirmed the 29-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the club on Monday
Arsenal unveil new signing Mkhitaryan at London Colney on Monday evening
United boss Jose Mourinho also had some parting words for the Armenia international.
‘I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get,’ he told the club’s website. ‘He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.’
Mkhitaryan made 39 appearances for Manchester United, scoring five times, and played a big role in their UEFA Europa League campaign last season.
He is the captain of the Armenian national team and is their all-time top scorer, receiving the Armenian Footballer of the Year award eight times.
Mkhitaryan shows off his skills after pulling on an Arsenal strip for the first time
The former Dortmund star has won the Armenian Footballer of the Year award eight times