Henrikh Mkhitaryan has spoken out about his excitement to get started under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, whilst having a sly dig at former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
It has been claimed that the Armenian international struggled at Old Trafford due to his previous manager’s negative tactics, and he is now looking forward to a free reign in creating and attacking for his new side.
Mkhitaryan is set to make his debut tonight against Swansea City, and is expected to start the match alongside fellow creative maestro Mesut Ozil, which should be a dream come true for any striker to be able to rely on for service.
The 29 year-old is full of praise for Wenger, and pinpoints the possibility to play under Arsene as a key factor in his move.
‘Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager. I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore,’ he said.
‘He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.
“I’ve known him for a long time and of course it was not very difficult to make this decision to come to Arsenal, because I think the way that Arsenal play [make] it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football.”
Will Mkhitaryan relish the attacking freedom and flair granted by Arsene Wenger’s system? Will he hit the ground running tonight?