Man United, Arsenal castoffs find new homes in Serie A
ROME (AP) — Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling.
The names read like a team sheet from a recent Manchester United-Arsenal matchup.
Mkhitaryan unbothered by massive pay cut after joining Roma
ROME (AP) — Deadline-day signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he didn't even think twice about a massive salary reduction before joining Roma in a loan deal from Arsenal.
Icardi, Mkhitaryan set for loan deals on deadline day
PARIS (AP) — While a blockbuster deal for Neymar didn't eventuate, clubs across Europe completed transfer business before the window shut late Monday.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Arsenal players Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos want to win the Europa League title for teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is missing the final for political...
Azerbaijan hoped the Europa League final would mark its emergence as an international football power — off the field, anyway. But it has instead found itself in a storm of bad PR.
Forget Barcelona, forget Real Madrid. This is England's week.
After years of Spanish domination in Europe's top club competitions, England has done what no other nation has done before. Both...
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry indicated Friday that Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan can play in the Europa League final in Baku despite tension between Azerbaijan and...
Ozil shines as Arsenal beats Bournemouth 5-1 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Mesut Ozil showed Arsenal coach Unai Emery just what he has to offer, scoring one goal and setting up another to help spark a 5-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on...
Arsenal back in top 4 after 2-0 win over Southampton
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal climbed into the Premier League's top four with a 2-0 home win over Southampton on Sunday, leaving the visitors mired in the relegation zone.
Arsenal playmaker Mkhitaryan sidelined for at least 6 weeks
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan for at least six weeks because of an injury to his right foot, the London club said on Monday.
The Armenia playmaker fractured a metatarsal in Wednesday's 2-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat by neighbor Tottenham and was replaced at half-time.
The 29-year-old Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal from Premier League rival Manchester United last January in an exchange deal that saw Chile striker Alexis Sanchez travel in the opposite direction.
Arsenal equalizes late in 1-1 draw with Wolves in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured Arsenal's unbeaten run in all competitions will extend beyond three months by scoring an 86th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday.
Morata hits target at last in Chelsea’s Europa League win
Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata ended a miserable spell of form with the only goal of the game on Thursday as Chelsea recorded its second straight 1-0 victory in the Europa League, against plucky Hungarian side Vidi.
Milan to play Luxembourg newcomer in Europa League group
MONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan's reward for being reinstated in the Europa League includes a trip to Luxembourg.
Milan, which won a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal to overturn expulsion for breaking financial rules, was drawn Friday into a group with newcomer Dudelange. The group also includes Olympiakos and Real Betis.
In a September 1972 trip to Luxembourg, Milan beat Red Boys Differdange 4-1 to start its run to the European Cup-Winners' Cup title.
Chelsea beats Arsenal 3-2 for 2nd straight win in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard came off the bench to set up a late winning goal by Marcos Alonso as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a frenetic London derby on Saturday for its second straight win in the Premier League.
It is the first time Arsenal has opened a Premier League season with back-to-back losses.
Coming off a 3-0 victory at Huddersfield last weekend, Chelsea started rampantly and scored through Spaniards Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in the opening 20 minutes.
LONDON (AP) — Few goalkeepers get the man-of-the-match award when their team wins 3-0. Petr Cech did just that on Sunday in Arsenal's victory over Watford as he set a Premier League record for keeping a clean sheet.
The Czech Republic and former Chelsea 'keeper also saved a penalty on his way to bringing up a 200th EPL clean sheet over the last 14 years. It was the first time the 35-year-old Cech has kept out a spot-kick since joining Arsenal in 2015.
MILAN (AP) — After four straight losses, Arsenal needed a performance full of grit, determination and spirit to give it some hope for the rest of the season.
They got it.
The London club managed to pull off a surprise by beating AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the last 16 in the Europa League, getting first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.
Mkhitaryan, Sanchez prosper at new homes after transfer swap
LONDON (AP) — After a rare English Premier League swap deal, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan made an immediate impact at their new homes on Saturday.
Sanchez injected a fresh dose of dynamism to Manchester United and scored — immediately after a penalty was parried — on his debut to seal a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.
Marquee signings could be solutions, problems for EPL powers
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It was the obvious question, and a fairly unconvincing answer.
Just how was Arsene Wenger planning to fit newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into an Arsenal attack already containing previous club-record signings Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette?
"It's always possible," Wenger said on Friday, with a furrowed brow. "Will I do it? Maybe. I don't know."
Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record $80 million
Arsenal paid a club-record fee of 63.75 million euros ($80 million) to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, completing the overhaul of the team's attack that was triggered by Alexis Sanchez's departure to Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan out to prove he can cut it in English soccer
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's farewell note to Manchester United's fans said much about his state of mind.
"At this stage of my career," he wrote on Instagram after moving to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez, "I simply have to enjoy myself on the pitch and play."
Arsenal, United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United on Monday in a rare swap deal among two of England's top teams that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal.
"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world," said Sanchez, a former Barcelona player who had an opportunity to join United's neighbor and fierce Premier League rival, Manchester City.
Arsenal hits 4 goals after leaving out Man U-bound Sanchez
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal eased to a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday after striker Alexis Sanchez was left out ahead of his expected move to Manchester United.
The hosts were three goals ahead in 13 minutes and 4-0 up in 22 minutes through Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette as Arsene Wenger's team moved within five points of the top four.
United waits on Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap deal, City moves on
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho appeared to be in the dark about the progress of Manchester United's attempt to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a potential swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola seemed to know more.
"I think he is going to go to United," Guardiola said about Sanchez, "so congratulations for both of them."
Sanchez to Man United ‘likely to happen,’ Wenger says
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a deal sending Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Emirates Stadium in exchange.
Manchester City ended its interest in Sanchez this week, leaving United most likely to sign the Chile forward.
Asked if Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was close, Wenger replied: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down."
Mkhitaryan left out by Man U amid uncertainty over future
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the squad for the English Premier League match against Stoke because there are "doubts about his future."
Mourinho says, "I would lie if I said it was a pure tactical decision. It was just a choice of the players that we know, in this moment, they have 100 percent their heads in Manchester United."
Lingard, the late developer finally flourishing at United
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — For all the recent talk about the money Jose Mourinho has — or hasn't — spent at Manchester United, his best player at the moment might be one who cost the club nothing.
United prides itself on the blossoming of its youth-team graduates and Jesse Lingard is the latest to flourish on the big stage.
Miserable return for Rooney as Man United routs Everton 4-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United thrashed Everton 4-0 after scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes on a miserable return to Old Trafford for Wayne Rooney in the Premier League on Sunday.
United was only leading through Antonio Valencia's 4th-minute strike when Rooney, the former United captain, was substituted in the 82nd minute.
Man United thrashes Swansea in 2nd straight 4-0 win
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Manchester United swept to its second straight 4-0 win to start the Premier League season by thrashing Swansea on Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scoring again for Jose Mourinho's side.
Center back Eric Bailly gave United the lead on the stroke of halftime with a close-range strike at a corner, and the visitors were comfortable in the second half before running amok in the final 10 minutes.
Lukaku scores 2, Man United beats West Ham 4-0 in EPL
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — New signing Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Paul Pogba capped an ominous team display with a long-range strike as Manchester United beat West Ham 4-0 in their opening game of the Premier League season on Sunday.
With offseason recruit Nemanja Matic also excelling in central midfield, United looks to have a side that can seriously challenge for its first league title since 2013, Alex Ferguson's final year at the club.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him.
Still, it wouldn't be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 years at the English club.
LONDON (AP) — After 30 minutes of Sunday's Premier League game against Sunderland, Manchester United appeared in danger of meandering its way to another disappointing result.
Thankfully for manager Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had other ideas.
The Swedish forward demanded the ball be played to him on the edge of the penalty area, and then evaded the attempts of two Sunderland defenders to halt his progress before sending an unstoppable strike into the far bottom corner.
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Manchester United kept pace with its Champions League qualification rivals as it pushed 10-man Sunderland closer to relegation from the Premier League with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked United into life with a superb opener before Sebastian Larsson was sent off for a dangerous tackle, leaving space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the three points after the break.
BERLIN (AP) — Manchester United preserved its unbeaten record in Russia but had to settle for 1-1 at Rostov in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's away goal gave United, which has never won the Europa League, the advantage ahead of the second leg, particularly with Rostov captain Aleksandr Gatskan and full-back Timofei Kalachev ruled out of the game next week due to bookings.
Man United beats struggling champion Leicester 3-0 in EPL
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United scored three goals in an eight-minute period either side of halftime to beat Leicester 3-0 Sunday and leave the struggling champions just one point above the Premier League's relegation zone.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead in the 42nd minute before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 88 seconds later, for his 15th league goal of the season.
Mkhitaryan scores stunning goal as United beats Sunderland
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored an acrobatic back flick to wrap up Manchester United's 3-1 win over Sunderland in the English Premier League on Monday, ensuring a miserable return to Old Trafford for former United manager David Moyes.
On as a second-half substitute, Mkhitaryan met Zlatan Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross with a spectacular flicked finish with the heel of his right foot that flew into the corner in the 86th minute.
Mkhitaryan masterpiece keeps Man United rolling in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Toppling forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked like he'd misjudged the right-wing cross as he surged into the box seeking a clinching goal for Manchester United.
What came next brought Old Trafford to its feet — and underlined Mkhitaryan as perhaps the next cult figure at the English giant.
Mkhitaryan scores, gets hurt as Man United beats Spurs 1-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan underlined his growing importance to Manchester United by scoring in a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, sealing the team's most important victory under Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan's match ended prematurely when he was carried off on a stretcher in the 85th with a left ankle injury, but by then he'd done the damage with his 29th-minute goal at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan scores, gets hurt as Man United beats Spurs 1-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan underlined his growing importance to Manchester United by scoring in a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday, sealing the team's third Premier League victory since August.
In the biggest win for United manager Jose Mourinho since his arrival at Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan raced onto Ander Herrera's through-ball and drove home a rising shot in the 29th minute.
Man United beats Zorya 2-0 to advance in Europa League
ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Manchester United won for the first time in 10 away games in Europe and advanced to the Europa League knockout stage by defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-0 on Thursday.
Another defeat and a Feyenoord win in the other Group A match, and United would have been eliminated.
But midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first goal for United to begin the second half ended the team's frustration, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came through at the end for his seventh goal in his last six matches.
Man United, Southampton into English League Cup semifinals
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan's vision and Anthony Martial's cool finishing helped Manchester United into the English League Cup semifinals as two of the team's out-of-favor forwards showed their worth on Wednesday.
United's 4-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford was illuminated by Mkhitaryan's touch and eye for a pass in only his third start for the club since his high-profile move from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason.
Fit-again Gundogan thriving as Toure’s replacement at City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Things are turning out very differently for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan since the midfielders swapped Borussia Dortmund for teams in Manchester.
Mkhitaryan is faltering at United. Gundogan is flourishing at City.
Mourinho: Mkhitaryan will be a success at United, eventually
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho does not doubt that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a success at Manchester United.
It just might take some time.
Mkhitaryan, a $33.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July, has not played for United since being substituted at halftime in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on Sept. 10. He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasn't even been in United's 18-man squad for recent games.