Mkhitaryan: “Emery assured me I was important, but Roma believed in me more”.

John Solano

Roma attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan was interviewed by FourFourTwo and discussed his late-August move to the Giallorossi on a dry loan from Arsenal.

“Wenger? He paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed,” said Mkhitaryan. “I was starting as a winger, but had to build play with the defensive midfielder. It’s why I couldn’t contribute as many goals or assists. I like to play more freely and move wherever there’s space, but you have to do the job that the manager asks.”

He continued, “I couldn’t accept that I had to sit on the bench for some matches. I know my qualities and what I can do. I’m 30 years old now and I like to play football, not just sit on the bench and waste my time. Emery and [head of football] Raul Sanllehi assured me I was important for Arsenal, but I signed for Roma because they believed in me more.”

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