Mkhitaryan – Unhappiness led to Arsenal exit

Roma have reached an agreement with Arsenal to take Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan as Unai Emery continues to shape his squad.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says his unhappiness at Arsenal meant he had to leave the club during the summer.

The Armenia international completed a season-long loan move to Serie A giants Roma on the final day of the European transfer window, less than 24 hours after coming on as a substitute during Arsenal’s north London derby draw with Tottenham.

In total, Mkhitaryan only managed to score eight goals in 39 league appearances for the Gunners after joining from Manchester United as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford in January 2018.

The 30-year-old also failed to set the world alight during his 18-month spell with United and has now revealed that he needed to leave the English game for the sake of his career.

“I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place. In England, I no longer felt happy,” Mkhitaryan told reporters.

“I got a call from my agent and I wanted to come because it was a great opportunity for me. I didn’t even have a discussion with my agent about money.

“Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football, so I think a change was good.”

Mkhitaryan had featured in three of Arsenal’s opening four Premier League matches of the new season. However, he clearly wasn’t happy at the Emirates Stadium and is now fully focused on getting things back on track with Roma.

“The last month at Arsenal I was not happy, so that’s why I said it was better to come to Roma and to get happy and to get the pleasure from playing football again,” he added.

“Now I am in Rome and I focus on them. This is not a step backwards as great football is played here. I wanted to change scenery and for me it is an opportunity to be seized.”

The former Borussia Dortmund star starred for Armenia during the international break, grabbing a brace as they claimed a 4-2 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina – a result that has reignited their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.