Mkhi­taryan rel­ish­ing Aubameyang re­union

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - LON­DON

ARSE­NAL play­maker Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan is de­lighted after re­unit­ing with strike part­ner and good friend Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang at the Premier League club.

The duo played to­gether for three years at Ger­many’s Borus­sia Dort­mund from 2013 and their part­ner­ship was best show­cased in the 2015-16 sea­son when they notched a com­bined 62 goals and 44 as­sists across all com­pe­ti­tions.

The pacey pair got off to a fly­ing start at Arse­nal, after Mkhi­taryan joined the team last month from Manch­ester United, with the Ar­me­nian pro­vid­ing three as­sists and Aubameyang scor­ing his first goal dur­ing a 5-1 league win over Ever­ton.

“We did not have too much time to train to­gether (be­fore the Ever­ton game),” Mkhi­taryan told the club’s web­site www.arse­nal.com.

“He came a bit late, like two days be­fore the game and he had been train­ing only twice,” he added of Aubameyang’s trans­fer from Dort­mund.

“I thought it could only be in a dream that we could join an­other club other than Dort­mund but I am very happy for that. I know him very well, he is one of my best friends and one of the best team­mates I have ev­ery had.

“I am very happy to have him here and I think all the fans are happy to see him in an Arse­nal shirt. What can I say? I love play­ing with him.”

The pair failed to im­press in Arse­nal’s de­feat to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur last week­end but have the chance to rekin­dle their part­ner­ship dur­ing a cru­cial pe­riod for the club. Aubameyang is not el­i­gi­ble to play for Arse­nal in the Europa League, mean­ing he will miss both legs of the knock­out stage tie against Oster­sunds, but the 28-year-old Gabon in­ter­na­tional could re­turn in a dou­ble header against Manch­ester City. Arse­nal play City in the League Cup fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 25 and then host Pep Guardi­ola’s side in the league four days later. – Reuters

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HAPPY: Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

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