Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I swapped Manchester United for Arsenal to play offensive football

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I swapped Manchester United for Arsenal to play offensive football

Former Manchester United man Henrikh Mkhitaryan has claimed he moved to Arsenal in order to play offensive football in his latest swipe at his former employers.

The Armenian hasn’t held his tongue since making the switch to London in the straight swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Jose Mourinho’s men.

Mkhitaryan struggled to impress during his time at United, showing inconsistent form and it appears as though his previous manager considered him disposable.

The versatile attacker has made a pretty decent start to life with the Gunners, scoring twice and setting up his teammates six times in eleven appearances.

Mourinho’s been accused of playing defensive football for many years now and it appears that the former Borussia Dortmund man couldn’t stand it anymore.

According to the Daily Mail, Henrikh said to FourFourTwo: “When I heard I could swap Man United for Arsenal, I said, ‘Yes, I want to do that’, I didn’t think twice.”

“It’s important for me to play in an offensive team. I couldn’t have imagined a better start. I’d missed playing offensively.”

Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan comes into question with all his comments after the move, it’s no surprise to see him enjoying himself elsewhere.

Jose has never hidden his wishes for his attackers to work just as hard as his defenders so it’s a little strange the 29 year old didn’t consider this before moving to Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan is a top player without a doubt and had double figures in goals and assists in his last season with Dortmund before the Portuguese manager invested in him.

Arsenal certainly have gotten a quality player in their hands but there must be question marks over his mentality and why didn’t succeed at Manchester United, especially having started the season so well.

Arsene Wenger definitely doesn’t ask his attackers to do much defending and so Henrikh should enjoy more freedom at his new club.

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