As one of the few senior stars that travelled to Kiev for Arsenal’s midweek Europa League clash with Vorskla Poltava, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unlikely to be named in Unai Emery’s starting XI to take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium on Sunday.
Frankly, following the 29-year-old’s woeful display against Bournemouth last time out, there’s no way he should be picked to play in the north London derby on merit anyway.
The game against the Cherries was not the first time the attacking-midfielder has failed to perform to a high enough standard for the Gunners either.
Since arriving at the Emirates as part of a January swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, the Armenian has failed to greatly improve the form that saw the Red Devils happy to see him go in the first place.
Now, Arsenal are somewhat shackled with the 80-cap international whose resale value must be dwindling at an alarming rate.