Wayne Rooney is backing Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to go to the next level at the north London club.
The Gunners signed the Armenia international in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez complete a switch to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
Mkhitaryan struggled to leave his mark on the Manchester United during a difficult 18 months under Jose Mourinho following a £30m move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund.
The 28-year-old playmaker has been handed the number seven shirt following his switch to the eight-time English champions.
Mkhitaryan made three assists in his first start for the Gunners as Arsenal eased to a resounding 5-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Rooney was Mkhitaryan’s team-mate for 12 months at Old Trafford before the ex-England captain returned to his boyhood club Everton last summer.
Speaking to Monday Night Football at Sky Sports about Mkhitaryan’s move to Arsenal last month, Rooney said:
“At Arsenal I think he will have players around him running off the ball, taking the ball, and he will create goals and he will score goals.
“So I really do think he will kick on.”
Mkhitaryan has linked up with his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at The Emirates after Arsenal spent a club record £56m fee on the Gabon international.
The Armenia international won the League Cup and the Europa League at Old Trafford last term.
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