Arsenal & Spurs rivalry spills into transfer market as N.L. foes eye international skipper

According to reports from The Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the transfer race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Armenian national team skipper notched up an incredible 23 goals and 32 assists across all competitions last season, including eleven strikes in the Bundesliga.

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That impressive form, combined with his Westfalenstadion contract entering its final twelve months, has lead to widespread interest in the Dortmund speedster and particularly from the Premier League.

Indeed, Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with the 27-year-old by Mirror Football at the end of April, and The Daily Star document the Gunners’ interest once again.

They claim reports of the Blues swooping for Mkhitaryan are wide of the mark, but Arsenal still face competition for the former Shakhtar star’s signature from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is keen to acquire a new No.10 this summer and would be more than open to signing Mkhitaryan – who impressed against the Lilywhites in the Europa League last term – if he became available.