29/06/2020 18:15:32

Armenia: Premier League Nations

Continuing our alphabetical world tour, next up is Armenia. A former Soviet state, Armenia played their first-ever fixture just a few weeks after the first round of Premier League fixtures in 1992.

According to the Premier League website, one Armenian has ever played in the Premier League, but he’s quite a big name…

First (and only) Player – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United, Arsenal; 2016-present)

A man whose career is very hard to define. A cut above the rest in his early playing days in Armenia and Ukraine, Henrikh Mkhitaryan really started making waves at Borussia Dortmund, winning Bundesliga player of the season in 2015/16 and earning a big-money move to United.

Since then, it’s gone rather pear-shaped. Despite encouraging starts to both of his seasons in Manchester, he never convinced Jose Mourinho that he was deserving of a major role. In January 2018 he was traded to Arsenal in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez but again failed to deliver.

He is currently on loan at Roma after a torrid time in England but may return and feature for the Gunners with Mikel Arteta now in charge.

Mkhitaryan is a class player, but seemingly not suited to the Premier League. His name will go down alongside the likes of Angel Di Maria, Andriy Shevchenko and Falcao as world-class players who just weren’t cut out for the Premier League.

Records

Trivia

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bayern Munich for £54.8m🔵🔴 (@SkySportsNews)

3 - 2019-20 is the 3rd of the last 6 @premierleague seasons to see the title decided in a match played at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea v C Palace in 2014-15 and v Spurs in 2015-16), and the 4th of those 6 to do so in a game involving Chelsea (also WBA v Chelsea in 2016-17). Deja-vu.

(90maat.com)

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