Apr. Spieltag der englischen Premier League mit einer einer verjüngten B-Elf bei Manchester United verloren. Ein Tor von Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Henrich Hamleti Mchitarjan (IPA: [hɛnˈɾiχ məχitʰɑˈɾjɑn]; armenisch Հենրիխ Մխիթարյան; FIFA-Schreibweise nach engl. Transkription Henrikh Mkhitaryan; * Mit mittlerweile 19 Toren ist er Rekordtorschütze der Armenier. Aktuelle News zu Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Arsenal FC, Videos, Bilder, schießt bei seinem Debüt für den FC Arsenal gegen Everton gleich sein erstes Tor. mehr».
Influenced by the style of play of Zinedine Zidane and Kaka , he soon too became a star at Shakhtar, a side then made up of a broad spectrum of Brazilian players.
His knowledge of the Portuguese language helped him breach an important gap between that South American nucleus and coach Mircea Lucescu. Borussia Dortmund wanted to incorporate him into their ranks.
But there was a problem. The Germans offer amounted to Petersburg made a higher bid. His rights belonged to Shakhtar, but also a percentage was in the hands of Pyunik and Metalurh.
All three craved money from Russia, but eventually he ended up in the Bundesliga. It was a difficult time for Henrikh.
His first season was fantastic, but the second was a complete disaster. With Borussia Dortmund going through a bad patch, Mkhitaryan took flak from the fans; a kind of pressure felt never greater than at a team with the highest attendances in Europe.
However, when young coach Thomas Tuchel took over, he assured the Armenian: I'm going to make you a star. Mkhitaryan became one of the most talked about players on the continent and was named Bundesliga Player of the Year by the prestigious German football magazine Kicker.
Thing were about to get ever bigger. Last summer, his agent Mino Raiola , called him. It certainly is a dream fulfilled for this Armenian, but what would his father think of the remarkable journey?
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It seems to me that Spurs have ended up with a reasonable deal, especially when measured up against Manchester City's newly-arrived midfielder, Fernandinho.
While a slightly different profile for a central midfielder — Fernandinho is more creative, agile and quicker than the new Spurs midfielder in the final third — he lacks Paulinho's overall game, presence and defensive discipline.
To be clear, I'm a huge fan of Fernandinho. I've admired him to the point of producing glowing reports for clubs I've worked for and to contacts who have asked for second opinions — and I do believe he was long one of the most underrated midfielders of world football, and is a player that I'm looking forward immensely to seeing in the Premier League.
Backed by one of the top 50 wealthiest individuals in the world, Rinat Akhmetov, Shakhtar Donetsk are never under pressure to sell their prime assets.
This may also partly explain why Liverpool's pursuit of Shakhtar's wonderful attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan , is likely to turn into one of the transfer sagas of the summer.
Though Liverpool's interest has never been confirmed by either club or the player , there's said to have been contact at an official level.
If, as is claimed, the player's transfer rights are partly owned by two other parties in addition to the stake held by Shakhtar this would probably complicate matters even further.
As with Paulinho to Spurs, a player of Mkhitaryan's calibre joining a club outside the Champions League would have been unthinkable in a prosperous European football scene in which genuine spending power on the continent extended beyond a meagre dozen clubs.
The year-old Armenian is blessed with a somewhat unconventional playing style. Though usually deployed rather deep in his attacking midfield role his quick feet, positional awareness and ability to exploit spaces and successfully execute actions in a snap second make him extremely hard to predict — and a lot more "concrete" and direct than the typical attacking midfielder.