Five-star Mkhitaryan equals assist record

28 Aug 2017
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Man Utd

Find out which 23-year old achievement was matched by Armenian midfielder on Saturday

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Matchweek 3: What we learned

Heading into Matchweek 3, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will have been aiming to become the first player in Premier League history to assist two goals in three consecutive matches. 

And although the Manchester United midfielder fell just short, he did manage to equal another PL record - one that has stood for more than 20 years.

By laying on Marcus Rashford's goal in the 2-0 win over Leicester City, Mkhitaryan took his tally of assists for the season to five. 

It also equalled the record for the most assists made after three matches of a Premier League campaign, a feat he now shares with Ruel Fox, who also got five for Newcastle United in 1994/95.

Most assists after three matches of a season
Player Season Club Assists
Ruel Fox 1994/95 NEW 5
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2017/18 MUN 5
Thierry Henry 2004/05 ARS 4
Jeremy Goss 1992/93 NOR 4
Cesc Fabregas 2014/15 CHE 4
Ashley Young 2011/12 MUN 4
Samir Nasri 2011/12 MCI 4
Eden Hazard 2012/13 CHE 4
Gylfi Sigurdsson 2014/15 SWA 4

Also in the top 10 is Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal striker holds the record for most assists in a single Premier League season.

Henry produced 20 in 2002/03 but, interestingly, had only two assists to his name with three matches of that season gone. 

With a head start of three, Mkhitaryan is well placed to chase him down.

Most assists in a season
Player Season Club Assists
Thierry Henry 2002/03 ARS 20
Mesut Ozil 2015/16 ARS 19
Frank Lampard 2004/05 CHE 18
Kevin De Bruyne 2016/17 MCI 18
Cesc Fabregas 2014/15 CHE 18

See: Mkhitaryan reacts to assist record

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