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'Mkhitaryan will be fantastic for Arsenal' - Neville backs Man Utd exit

08:26 GMT 18/01/2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2017
The former Red Devils star claims that the Gunners could end up "better" for their January deals, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang another mooted target

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.

The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.

Mkhitaryan will move on having endured a rocky relationship with Jose Mourinho during his time in Manchester, with the 28-year-old having slipped in and out of favour.

Neville believes a change of scenery will be beneficial to a talented playmaker – especially as part of a team that will embrace his skill set – while he also claims that Arsenal could end up “a better team” for their winter deals, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang another mooted target.

The former United star told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I can see Henrikh going to Arsenal and being a fantastic signing for them.

“If Arsenal sign Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, Arsenal may become a better team, because they will have two really good players.

“We didn’t see the best of Mkhitaryan at United. I’m a massive fan of him.

“We saw glimpses this season, but I didn’t think he would be in Jose’s starting XI.

“He needs to go to a club where he will be allowed to flourish and maybe Arsenal is that club.

“I think it is a sensational deal for United.”

Goal revealed on Tuesday that Arsenal’s efforts to land Mkhitaryan are reliant on United agreeing to pay off his contract – which has another two years left to run.

The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, is also eager to secure a fee for helping to broker the deal.

A move for Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang may be slightly more straightforward, although he is another who will demand a sizeable price tag.

The 28-year-old Gabon international has netted 21 times across all competitions this season, with that return achieved in just 23 appearances.