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I’m so grateful to Arsenal – Mkhitaryan

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On his return from injury, Henrikh Mkhitaryan sprung back to action on Monday night and was a major contributor to Arsenal Under-23’s trashing of West Ham United in their Premier League 2 encounter.

Mkhitaryan, who wore a No. 7 jersey, showcased great talent at Meadow Park under guidance from Freddie Ljungberg although the match was abandoned at half time due to adverse weather conditions.

Arsenal was leading 3-0 before the referee decided to call it quits.

‘I’ve never played in a match that was stopped after first half, but it was a memorable 45 minutes,’ Mkhitaryan told Arsenal TV.

‘I think we showed class. Yet, we obviously need to improve in some aspects of our game…We played good football, scored three goals—and could have added more.

‘Playing with the Under-23 after such a long time gives me a good feeling…I pray there’ll be no more injuries so I can recover fully and play at my peak.’

Mkhitaryan showered praise on Arsenal management and staff for their support and encouragement.

‘Everyone at Arsenal has been awesome—from the fitness coach, to the medical staff and everyone, including my teammates who supported me every day.

‘I learned a lot, but that’s life…Nothing is overruled and you can sustain injuries at any time…I pray no one suffers injury any more so we can start winning again.’

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