Arsenal News: Wenger hints at Mkhitaryan return

11 months ago

In the latest Arsenal news, coach Arsene Wenger has hinted that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return from his knee injury before the end of the season.

The Armenia international suffered ligament damage last week during the Europa League victory over CSKA Moscow.

The Gunners went on to win 4-1 and Wenger admitted at the full-time whistle he thought Mkhitaryan’s season was over.

He missed Sunday’s 3-2 thrilling win over Southampton, with Alex Iwobi getting the nod on the wing at the Emirates.

Mkhitaryan is still set to miss the return leg against CSKA in Moscow this week, but Wenger admits he could return before the end of the campaign.

He told reporters: “He’s got knee ligament damage. He will not be available for Thursday (v CSKA) and not for Newcastle, and certainly not for the week after, I think we play West Ham.

“I think he will miss these games for sure, but he could still play at the end of the season.”

Mkhitaryan’s potential return could be a huge boost for their Europa League campaign and they are 9/4 with Coral to go all the way and lift the trophy.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains ineligible but Mkhitaryan could help the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck get amongst the goals.

Arsenal’s last two Premier League games of 2017-18 see them travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester on May 9 before they head to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield.