Arsenal loan star refuses to rule out return after aiming dig at Unai Emery

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Roma, Arsenal TEAMtalk

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has refused to rule out a return to Arsenal, while also criticising former Gunners boss Unai Emery for management style.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder is currently on loan at Roma and has been in fine form, providing six goals in three assists in 13 Serie A appearances this season.

The Armenia captain has previously endured a tough time at Arsenal, and has opened up on why he never felt at home at the Emirates – citing Emery as a major problem.

“When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here,” he told The Times.

“The philosophy of Emery was different from [Paulo] Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me.

“I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.”

Despite the Roma manager’s desire to keep Mkhitaryan, he has refused to rule out a return to Arsenal.

He added: “I can’t say anything at the moment because the season is stopped, we don’t know when we’ll start playing again and what will happen in the summer.

“Football changes so quickly. One day you’re here, the other you’re there. You never know what can happen and what will happen with you.”


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