Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he failed to get used to English football as he is presented at Roma
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that whilst "not fitting in so well in English football", he will still be focused on his new challenge at Roma, as he looks to turn his career round.
The Armenian was loaned out to Roma from Arsenal on deadline, even though he featured in the North London derby just 24 hours before the deadline. Unai Emery clearly did not consider him as a valuable member of the squad.
Mkhitaryan has struggled in both his spells at Arsenal and Manchester United, being extremely inconsistent, and often being preferred to other players. Emery consistently picked Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson at the start of this season.
Mkhitaryan hinted that his change of role in English football could have been the cause of his change in form, saying that "With the national team I play behind the striker, so I have more freedom to move wherever I want, to drop back, to take the ball. But at Arsenal and Manchester United my role was different, I was more responsible for helping to build the play and perhaps that is why I scored fewer goals."
He also added that he chose Roma because it was "a great opportunity" for him, with Roma being "a big club, a great club and everyone knows about it."
"I didn't even have a discussion with my agent about money, I just came here to enjoy my football and to achieve our goals."
The 30-year-old scored 22 goals and provided 24 assists in his three full seasons in England, with these being his combined figures for both Arsenal and Manchester United, in all competitions.