31-year-old loanee wants to come back to Arsenal in summer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken a swipe at former Gunners coach Unai Emery’s playing style, suggesting Henrikh was too defensive, while Mkhitaryan also opened the door to a possible come back to the Emirates.

The 31-year-old attacker, who moved to Arsenal in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez back in 2018, has spent the campaign on loan at Roma and, amid several injury issues, delivered some impressive displays.

Henrikh is averaging a goal or assist every 90 minutes in the Giallorossi and says Mkhitaryan is thriving thanks to the attack-minded approach of his coach Paulo Fonseca, something he did not feel under the Spanish tactician.

‘When I was at London, I had different things asked from me by the manager, people were expecting different things from here,’ Henrikh said.

‘The philosophy of Unai was different from Paulo, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me. ‘I prefer Paulo’s football because Roma are playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here, and of course, I like this kind of game.’

Roma manager Fonseca has frequently praised Armenia international and would like to make his loan move permanent, though the playmaker admits he could return to London club with the current football suspension potentially causing havoc with footballer deals.

Asked about his future, Henrikh continued: ‘I can’t say anything for now because the campaign is stopped, we don’t know when we’ll start playing again and what will happen during the summer. The Armenian attacker is a crucial figure for the national team squad.

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