Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has stressed that his 18-month spell with Manchester United was a success. The 29-year-old netted 13 goals in 63 appearances for the Red Devils before making the switch to Arsenal in a swap agreement involving Alexis Sanchez.
Despite his contribution, Mkhitaryan had two long periods where he found himself out of Mourinho’s reckoning, and he admitted that the Portuguese had a different style of handling his players than Arsene Wenger, who is friendlier in nature, he said: “Mourinho required a lot from his players, he was very hard. Arsene Wenger is friendlier; he understands and can think about players’ situations. He is calmer — that’s the difference.”
Mkhitaryan has made a bright start to his Gunners career with a hat-trick of assists in his maiden start versus Everton, but they are still question marks over his consistency, having started in a similar vein of form with United for whom he notched five assists in the first three Premier League games.
The arrival of Mkhitaryan played a significant role in luring ex-teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, and the Gunners’ faithful will be looking forward to their partnership after they contributed 59 goals and 31 assists during their previous spell together at Signal Iduna Park.