Mkhitaryan aims dig at Gunners


Henrikh Mkhitaryan feels Arsenal no longer appreciated his talents and he would be open to making his loan move to Roma permanent during the summer.

Armenia international Mkhitaryan swapped Arsenal for Roma on the final day of the European transfer window, joining the Giallorossi on a season-long loan that also contains an option to make the move permanent.

The 30-year-old marked his debut for Roma with a goal in their 4-2 victory over Sassuolo a couple of weeks after his arrival, but he has only featured four times for the club, as he’s been sidelined with a thigh injury since the end of September.

However, the former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund star appears happy in Serie A despite his ongoing fitness issues and he has refused to rule out the possibility of extending his stay at the Stadio Olimpico beyond the end of the season.

“Roma is fantastic, both the city and club. The impact was great also with the people. I was not happy at Arsenal, and when my agent spoke to me about this opportunity, I quickly said yes,” Mkhitaryan told Four Four Two.

“Unfortunately, I am hurt with an injury. I am concentrated on recovering the fastest way possible and in the meantime I am learning Italian.

“The loan is for one year, but anything is possible. We’ll see what to do at the end of the year.”

Mkhitaryan has also aimed a dig at Arsenal and their manager Unai Emery, insisting they no longer appreciated his qualities after he became something of a bit-part player at the Emirates Stadium last season.

“I know my qualities and I can still give a lot,” he added. “Arsenal and Emery didn’t believe in my anymore and now I’m happy to be at Roma.”

The Italians will be hoping to have Mkhitaryan back up to full fitness soon, with Paulo Fonseca’s side facing an important run of games in both Serie A and the Europa League over the coming weeks.