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Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Gender Male
Ethnic Armenian
Job Armenian Footballer
Desc Has never managed to consistently impress at Arsenal and his £180,000-per-week wages are a hindrance on the club. Arsenal should definitely look to move the Armenian on. The 30-year-old is another one though who may be happy to sit tight

Affiliation

Org Armenia National Team
Club as Player AS Roma
  Arsenal FC
  Manchester United
  Borussia Dortmund

2017 02 11 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan speaks about Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s influence on his career, when they were at Borussia Dortmund together] I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part. At Dortmund, I was very stressed after a few games when we were playing really bad. Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a player

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan tells team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic about his popularity] Everyone knows Ibrahimovic calls himself the God. But when we landed in Rostov I told him: ‘You see who the real God is’. I’m joking. There were many Armenians chanting my name. After that he understood there is another God - me!

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan speaks about the prospect of playing alongside Mesut Ozil] I think it will be really fun to play alongside Ozil. Everyone knows he’s a fantastic player, he’s an assist king! I look forward to it. [I admire] his intelligence, the way that he can understand the game, reads the game, plus the way he gives pace to the game and of course his final decision

2019 09 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed a loan move to AS Roma, with the Armenian joining up with his new side for the duration of the 2019-20 season] It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[Roma has signed Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan] It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unsure if he will return to Arsenal after joining Serie A side AS Roma on loan] Let’s first see what I can do at Roma and at the end of the season I think we can talk if I will have the possibility to stay or to go to something else, I don’t know. Now, I cannot say about the future, it’s better to be focused on the next games

[Asked about where he would prefer to play for Roma, Mkhitaryan said he was open to anything to help his side] I’m ready to play in every position and I’m ready to help the team because the club is great. The team is a very good team and I’m going to try and do my best to help the team to achieve

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he wasn’t happy at Arsenal and struggled to adapt to English football] Now I am in Rome and I focus on them. This is not a step backwards as a great football is played here. I wanted to change scenery and for me it is an opportunity to be seized. I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place. I no longer felt happy. Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football. The messages after the two national matches made me happy, but now I have to concentrate on Rome. I will never give up and I will fight to the end. I’m not afraid of pressure, I’m used to it having already played with great teams. I know that the slightest mistake is criticised while a good performance is exalted. If you agree to play soccer you must be ready to face criticism. Serie A is a great opportunity, I accepted immediately with enthusiasm. We didn’t even talk about money

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Mkhitaryan blames Unai Emery’s methods for Arsenal exit as freedom was removed from his game] He paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed. I was starting as a winger, but had to build play with the defensive midfielder. It’s why I couldn’t contribute as many goals or assists. I like to play more freely and move wherever there’s space, but you have to do the job that the manager asks

[He began to slip down the pecking order as a result, with it quickly becoming apparent that he would need a move in order to find the regular game time he craves] I couldn’t accept that I had to sit on the bench for some matches. I know my qualities and what I can do. I’m 30 years old now and I like to play football, not just sit on the bench and waste my time. Emery and [head of football] Raul Sanllehi assured me I was important for Arsenal, but I signed for AS Roma because they believed in me more

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan opens up on ‘complicated’ Mourinho relationship at Man Utd and father figure Klopp] [My relationship] with Mourinho was the most complicated in my career. He is a winner by nature. He wants you to win and you do what he asks you, it is difficult for anyone. There were differences and conflicts, but they did not have a big impact on the hard work we did and the three trophies we won. Klopp is a friend, like a father or brother to me. When I left Dortmund I had started to truly understand football

I chose Roma to start having fun again. On September 1, two hours after playing with Arsenal [a 2-2 draw with Tottenham], Mino Raiola told me to get on the first flight to Rome. It all happened very quickly. I had promised myself that things would change this season. When you are 30, you no longer have time to waste and you need to keep trying to have fun. At the beginning of the season our goal was to reach the top four, reach the Coppa Italia final and go as far as possible in Europe.

Pressure here isn’t an issue for me. Not because of my age, but because I have played at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal. The people here live for football, it’s great. My goal is to continue playing until I am 37. I don’t know what will happen to me, or if I will be able to carry on physically that long. I want to play at the top level for as long as possible. That’s my goal, but we’ll see

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Mkhitaryan has openly admitted his disappointment at the way he was treated by the Gunners prior to his move to Roma] I knew I would be more appreciated by Roma than by Arsenal at the time. At the beginning of the season they made promises to me, but after two or three weeks everything was different. They treated me differently

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Roma’s football better for me than Arsenal under Emery] When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here. The philosophy of Emery was different from Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me. I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.

I can’t say anything at the moment because the season is stopped, we don’t know when we’ll start playing again and what will happen in the summer. Football changes so quickly. One day you’re here, the other you’re there. You never know what can happen and what will happen with you

We’re trying. It’s not easy. In this difficult moment you can’t do many things. You can only stay home to be safe and wait for everything to be resolved. I’m waking up, having breakfast, talking with family members about different things: the virus, life, the future, the past. Then in the evening I’m trying to watch a movie, with the family or sometimes on my own. Besides that, we have the programme from the team for training at home, so I’m trying to keep myself fit. When I heard the situation wasn’t the best and everyone was asking us to stay home, I stopped going outside for a walk or a run. It’s better to stay inside and be an example to everyone, to show them that this is more important, to follow the rules and be at home

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[One player Arsenal could look to move on to raise some funds is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has spent the season on loan with Roma in Serie A] My time in London is over. I hope you [Arsenal] manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Mkhitaryan makes Arsenal future admission as he approaches the end of Roma loan] Since the first day I arrived here in Rome, I feel very good in the club, in the city, and of course it would be nice to stay here. The main target will be the Champions League, other wins and titles. People underestimate Serie A, the Italian league, but it’s more than interesting to play here. The league is getting better and better, and last year’s transfers speak for themselves

I do not have a lot of time left until the end of my football career, but I’m pretty sure that I’m doing my best to achieve more, because at the end of your football career everyone will remember what you have done for the club, what titles you have won. It’s very important to leave a positive note by winning a trophy or doing something good for the club. I always had a dream to play in the best European leagues and the best European clubs. And I’ve fulfilled my dream. I’m working hard and mixing my talent with hard work. It’s not always easy, but sometimes you must make a sacrifice

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan hoping for permanent Stadio Olimpico switch] Of course I would like to be at Roma next season, not only next season [but] for another few years. But I still have a contract with Arsenal and it’s not up to me. It’s up to Arsenal and Roma if they will agree on terms of the transfer fee. So my thinking is to train hard, to play hard, to look forward to what’s going to happen. Of course, if I’m not going to stay at Roma I have to go back to Arsenal. I’m not complaining, football life changes so quickly so you have to be ready to play wherever you are. If not in Rome, I’m going to go back and play for Arsenal, if not, I’m going to stay here and play for Rome

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Henrikh Mkhitaryan extends Roma loan deal from Arsenal] I’m very pleased. I’m happy to extend my stay here, because I still have things that I haven’t achieved yet that I want to achieve. I’m looking forward to it