Cologne - may have had to wait 1145 minutes to open his account for the campaign, but it proved to be well worth the wait for the 26-year-old.
The Armenian's 45th shot on goal this season made it 2-0 for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-0 Revierderby victory over FC Schalke 04 and earned him bundesliga.com's Goal of the Week award for Matchday 23.
Mkhitaryan's last league goal before Saturday came on 10 May 2014, and there was a hint of a tear in his eye as he netted in arguably
. 80 per cent of
users agreed that it was the pick of the bunch, rating it better than Franck Ribery's goal for FC Bayern München, which came second with eight per cent. SV Werder Bremen striker Franco Di Santo, young VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold and FC Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger also had to bow to the Armenian, despite some stunning strikes on Matchday 23. Di Santo put Bremen 2-1 ahead against the in-form Wolves on Sunday evening, but Arnold restored parity just two minutes later before Dieter Hecking's side eventually broke Werder's resistance, cruising to a
. Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, opened the scoring for the league leaders in their
over 1. FC Köln on Friday evening.