Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been speaking about the differences between Arsenal and Manchester United after he swapped Old Trafford for the Emirates during the January transfer window.
The Armenia international was talking to Sky Sports ahead of his sides Premier League encounter with Man City tonight, when he again highlighted the difference in footballing philosophy between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.
‘Everyone knows Arsenal play offensive football, and I love to play offensive football.
‘In Manchester we were playing offensive football too but not in every game, so it was quite different.
‘I don’t want to blame anyone because every manager at every club has a different philosophy. Maybe I couldn’t fit perfectly in the Manchester football.’
‘Every player has to defend, it doesn’t matter if you are a striker, winger, attacking midfield, you have to defend, you cannot just defend with four or five players, the whole team must defend.
‘I’m doing my efforts to help the team to defend, sometimes it can work, sometimes it doesn’t. But I always try to do my best for the team first of all, and then I’m thinking of myself.
‘I’m not an ego player to think of myself first. Then when I get the ball I can create.’
Mkhitaryan of course failed to mention the other difference between the club’s, like United being in second in the Premier League table and Arsenal languishing in sixth with little or no chance in finishing in the top four this season.