Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Date of birth:

January 21, 1989


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Attacking midfielder



Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenian: Հենրիխ Մխիթարյան, [hɛnˈɾiχ məχitʰɑˈɾjɑn] (About this sound listen); born 21 January 1989) is an Armenian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Arsenal and captains the Armenian national team.

Mkhitaryan is Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, scoring 25 goals in 70 international matches since his debut in January 2007, including their first hat-trick. His previous clubs include Pyunik, where he came through the youth system, Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. Mkhitaryan is known by two nicknames: Heno (in Armenia) and Micki (in Europe).

Mkhitaryan has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year seven times (every year since 2009, except 2010). He was named Ukrainian Premier League Footballer of the Year in 2012, and was the top scorer in the 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League with 25 goals, more than any player had scored in a single season since the league's inception in 1992. Mkhitaryan was voted the CIS Footballer of the Year for 2012, making him the first Armenian footballer to be named the best player from post-Soviet countries. He received the award again for 2013. He made the most number of assists in the 2015–16 Bundesliga, while playing for Borussia Dortmund.