Manchester United fans have taken to social media after he endured a nightmare start to life at Arsenal.
The Armenian moved to the Emirates last Monday as part of a straight swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to the Emirates, but the lack of FA Cup action for the Gunners have meant that he has had to wait over a week to make his debut.
Mkhitaryan started on the bench for Arsenal for his first game, coming on as 60th minute substitute for Mohammed Elneny with the scores at 2-1 to the Premier League’s bottom club, Swansea City. However, his debut got off to a nightmare start as Swansea forward Nathan Dyer grabbed a goal within 60 seconds of his introduction, with the Swans going on to maintain their lead and grab all three points.
Mkhitaryan has taken a dig at Jose Mourinho earlier this week, claiming he couldn’t wait to play ‘offensive football at Arsenal’ – a clear jibe at Mourinho’s perceived more defensive style.
United fans wasted no time in taking to social media to remind the world that their ‘defensive’ football actually beat Swansea 4-0 in their corresponding fixture…
Mkhitaryan sending shots this afternoon at United and Mourinho: “I can’t wait to play offensive football at Arsenal”
Mkhitaryan at 9:35pm: Swansea 3-1 Arsenal.
Don’t ever play yourself.
— Cripttext (@cripttext) January 30, 2018
— Rafid Risandri (@RafidRisandri) January 30, 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan says the chance to "play offensive football" was one of the main reasons he agreed to join Arsenal from Manchester United.
Swansea 0-4 Man United
Swansea 3-1 Arsenal pic.twitter.com/fy1mTLyO71
— Shaff (@jakeshaffi) January 30, 2018
Manchester United’s defensive football at The Liberty Stadium with Mkhitaryan…….WON 4-0
Arsenal’s offensive football at The Liberty Stadium with Mkhitaryan….LOSE 3-1
— Damon Morris (@DamonJMorris) January 30, 2018
When it finally dawned on Mkhitaryan why Sanchez was so desperate to leave pic.twitter.com/MbLmr6K3Ul
— 🔰 Totally Man Utd™ 🔰 (@TotallyMUFC) January 30, 2018
And even some Arsenal fans joined in…
Mkhitaryan: "I think the way that Arsenal play [makes] it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football."
A lot of words to describe Arsenal tonight and offensive is definitely one of them
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) January 30, 2018
So Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal because he wanted to play offensive football.
Full time Swansea 3 – 1 Arsenal
I’m truly offended.
— HM7 (@micki7_) January 30, 2018