Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to miss upto two weeks of first-team action after suffering a knee injury during the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow. The Armenian played through an hour of the 4-1 victory before he sustained medial ligament damage on his left knee from a tackle.
Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners in a straight-swap agreement in January after they decided to allow Alexis Sanchez head to Old Trafford. The 29-year-old has since impressed with two goals and five assists across all competitions, and this has quickly made him a favourite among the Gunners’ supporters.
Without Mkhitaryan, Arsene Wenger has a couple of selection concerns for the Europa League, in particular, and it will be interesting to see whether he would persist with the 4-2-3-1 formation in the Armenia’s absence. The former Dortmund man has acted as a pivot for Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey of late, and his tenacity and urge to push forward could be missed, should Arsenal progress beyond the quarter-final stage of the Europa League.
Arsenal are more or less through to the final four of the competition after attaining a 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the quarter-final first-leg, and they still have to guard against any complacency after watching AS Roma make a stunning turnaround from a similar position against Barcelona in the Champions League this week.