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Mkhitaryan and the road to redemption

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally made his debut for AS Roma and showed that while England was a low point of his career, the Armenian’s still got it.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to play for AS Roma for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign. The Armenian international joined the Lupi from Arsenal on a season long loan and this spell is definitely something he needed the most.

Roma have made quite a few signings this summer but the way Mkhitaryan’s signing has caught the fans’ imagination is like no other. The former Borussia Dortmund man has been welcomed at the capital club with open arms and fans are really glad to see a quality player join their ranks.

This is definitely surprising given how forgettable of a time Mkhitaryan had during his time with Manchester United and Arsenal. He never really basked himself in glory while in England but there was always a feeling that he was a quality player who just couldn’t settle in English football.

At Borussia Dortmund, Mkhitaryan was the king of assists and that is something the Giallorossi fans have never forgotten. Paulo Fonseca didn’t really open up on how he would like the Armenian to play and in the 4-2 win over Sassuolo, the gifted attacker played down the left wing.

Fans were also encouraging, with every touch greeted by applause. This is something Mkhitaryan didn’t get during his time in the English Premier League. He is definitely one of those players who perform better with fans behind them.

And he was in great spirits out there too after scoring inside 22 minutes with a trademark finish after a great through ball by Lorenzo Pellegrini. This was an emphatic win for Roma and Mkhitaryan showed that he can really settle into this team.

While he wasn’t consistent in terms of really holding the game to his will, it is understandable given that he hasn’t trained with his new teammates a lot.

Pellegrini was the more responsible one in the game as a trequartista and had three assists to show for his effort.

The arrival of Mkhitaryan not only adds more class to the squad but also sends out a strong message to the likes of Pellegrini, Nicolo Zaniolo and Javier Pastore. The number 10 role is up for grabs and if he settles down to his new surroundings, the role could be Mkhitaryan’s.

It was definitely a gamble from Fonseca to start the game with his new signing but was a good decision in the end.

The fallout of the game means that the tactician now has a good bit of thinking to do given that he has tons of attacking midfielders to choose from. Mkhitaryan on the other hand, simply needs to adjust to his new surroundings quickly and rediscover the form that once made him one of the most exciting players in Europe.

The BVB days may be long gone but it is clear that Mkhitaryan has all the talent in the world to make a name for himself once again.