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Henrikh Mkhitaryan highlights the difference between Wenger and Emery at Arsenal

Henrikh Mkhitaryan highlights the difference between Wenger and Emery at Arsenal

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed why he did not enjoy his time playing under Unai Emery at Arsenal. Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners in January 2018 from Manchester United as part of a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.

The Armenian international was signed by Arsene Wenger and performed well in the second half of the 2017/18 season, making 17 appearances.

However, in April Wenger announced he would step down as manager at the end of the season, bringing to a close a 22-year spell in charge of the club.

That change in manager affected Mkhitaryan’s standing with Arsenal and he scored just six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions under Emery in 2018/19.

Mkhitaryan’s current club, Roma, will face Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday and if they win, the Serie A side will face either Arsenal, or Villarreal, who are managed by Emery, in next month’s final.

That potential reunion has prompted Mkhitaryan to reflect on his time with the Gunners in an interview with The Athletic.

“With Wenger, it was freedom, the freedom to move, to play with the ball,” he said.

“He always wanted to play with the ball. He never wanted to defend because he was always saying if we score more goals than the opponent we’re going to win the game.

“It was a pleasing time. Unfortunately, after six months he was sacked.

“Then there was Emery, so a different approach to football, a different philosophy. It was quite hard for me because I wasn’t playing a lot of the time.

“Most of the time I was sitting on the bench and I never like sitting on the bench because throughout my career I always wanted to play and win something.

“Emery saw football differently and was relying on other players.”

Source- Daily and Sunday Express

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