Arsenal are on the verge of signing Jamie Vardy, but their attacking signings may not end there with another deal being lined up for a Borussia Dortmund star, according to reports.
Arsenal expect to confirm a deal for Jamie Vardy on Sunday and will now turn their attention to signing Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan according to The Sun. They say that Arsenal and Chelsea are heavily interested in the creative midfielder, but that it is Arsenal that is the player’s preferred destination.
The Armenian has been in incredible form for Dortmund, especially last season where he scored 10 and assisted 11 more goals in the Bundesliga.
His contract expires in 2017 though and the German side would like him to sign a new deal or look to sell the 27-year-old for around £20million.
Should Mkhitaryan join Arsenal he would most likely play on the wing. Although he is considered as a natural attacking midfielder, Mkhitaryan has been extremely successful on the wing in recent seasons, using his pace and dribbling skills and combining that with his natural creative talents to become one of the most efficient wingers in Europe last season. Arsenal are desperate for more efficieny in the final third and if Mkhitaryan could replicate anything close to his 10 goals and 11 assists that he managed last season, at Arsenal, then he would be an incredible signing.
Mkhitaryan is playing at his peak right now, and Arsenal would be signing a player who was named in most Bundesliga teams of the season, ahead of some very credible candidates. He is a bit of an unsung hero but if he were to join Arsenal his talent would be there for all to see.
It is very possible that the player and his agent are flirting with clubs to attempt to get the best deal possible from Dortmund. It is well known that the player likes playing for and has thrived under coach Tuchel and if he were to receive a contract offer which satisfies his financial demands, you may expect him to stay in Germany. The other possibility is that the player winds down his contract at Dortmund and leaves on a free transfer next season, this has previously been mentioned by the player himself.
If he did indeed join Arsenal then you would expect that to be the end of at least one of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the duo already struggling to play regularly enough before his arrival. As an Arsenal fan, my choice would be to sell Walcott, who at 27 is showing no signs of ever reaching his potential, whilst the arrival of Vardy means he is no longer needed as the ‘plan B’ option of pace up front. Walcott has gone stale at Arsenal and with his pace fading and style of play extremely predictable, Arsenal need new ideas in attack and a player of Mkhitaryan’s calibre would certainly bring that. If the Gunners were to sell Walcott and sign Vardy and Mkhitaryan then the clubs attack would be strengthened enormously, their stuttering and inconsistent attack was one of the main reasons that the team failed to sustain their title challenge.