Arsenal are on the verge of reuniting one of the Bundesliga’s finest duos, as their bid to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back together inches closer to reality.
Having secured Mkhitaryan last week after a swap deal, wherein Alexis Sanchez headed the other way, the Gunners have set their sights on the Borussia Dortmund forward.
But the question remains whether either of them will be an apt replacement for Sanchez, and as to how big of an asset will they prove to be at the Emirates. And who better to answer this than a manager who once trained them?
Jurgen Klopp was at the helm of the Bundesliga side when the two players’ partnership first came into prominence in 2013. At that point in time, Dortmund were in a similar position to what Arsenal are currently in, having lost key players.
But at that point, speaking to Bundesliga.com, Klopp had stated: “In midfield, we have to cover for the departures of Moritz Leitner, Mario Gotze, and Leonardo Bittencourt.
“We’ve found a high-quality solution there, too – with three new players, when you count Jonas Hofmann alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Auba can, fortunately, play as an out-and-out forward as well, so that’s us covered there, too.
“We really do think we’re well set and ready to keep following our own path. But part of that involves giving our own talented hopefuls a real perspective as well and that’s what we aim to do.”
They did indeed go on to carve quite a niche for themselves in the hearts of supporters, and their antics earned the club quite a few laurels. But the big question now remains whether or not the duo can ape the same success in London.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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