Mkhitaryan has dig at Mourinho with ‘offensive football’ jibe

Arsenal’s new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that he is really looking forward to playing the type of attacking football that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s teams are renowned for.

In what can be interpreted as a thinly veiled dig at his former Man United manager Jose Mourinho’s more pragmatic approach, the 29-year-old Armenian told Arsenal Player:

“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 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.”

Mkhitaryan began this season in terrific form for United, but his level of performance soon nosedived amid rumours of a bust up with Mourinho over footballing philosophy.

Arsene Wenger is said to be a long-term admirer of the Armenia internationals, and revealed recently that he came close to signing the player during his Borussia Dortmund days.

It now seems the player believes that playing under a coach with a more attack-minded approach, may well help him return to the type of form that saw him become one of Europes most highly rated attacking midfielders during his days in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal play away to Swansea City in the Premier League, so fans of the North London club will be hopeful they get to see their first glimpse of Mkhitaryan in a Gunners shirt.