Some Arsenal fans are in disbelief this afternoon (Sunday) after seeing Henrikh Mkhitaryan net twice for Armenia – less than one week after leaving the Gunners on loan.
It was a fine performance from Mkhitaryan as Armenia beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier, with the 30-year-old bagging a brace and registering an assist to help his country to a 4-2 win.
It was a quick reunion of sorts for Mkhitaryan, who left the Gunners this week to join Roma on loan, as he came up against Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac in the game, with the full-back lining up for Bosnia in the fixture.
Mkhitaryan opened the scoring in the third minute, before former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko equalised for Bosnia ten minutes later.
Armenia’s lead was restored by Mkhitaryan in the 66th minute with a thunderous strike after some neat build-up play, but Bosnia drew level once again four minutes later through Amer Gojak.
However, Mkhitaryan’s side were not finished and Hovhannes Hambardzumyan gave the hosts the advantage for a third time, before an own goal from Stjepan Loncar in injury time sealed the win for Armenia, with the Gunners man playing his part with an assist after his double earlier on in the game.
And Mkhitaryan’s performance has prompted a reaction from Arsenal fans, who have not always seen the best of the midfielder following his move from Manchester United in January 2018.
Since then, Mkhitaryan has scored nine times in 58 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, with six goals in 38 games last season.
He did play three times for Unai Emery’s men this season prior to making the loan switch to Roma, where he is yet to feature, having headed off on international duty after completing the move to Italy.
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But while he won’t be playing again for Arsenal this season, his performance for Armenia has got Gunners supporters talking today.
Here’s what some fans have been saying on social networking website Twitter this afternoon.