Mkhitaryan excited by Wenger’s philosophy

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Arsene Wenger’s emphasis on attacking football played a key part in persuading him to join Arsenal.

In comments that could be construed as a little dig at Jose Mourinho, the Armenia international, who expressed a desire to play for the Gunners as far back as 2009, played up the prospect of being able to express himself on the pitch.

“Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager,” he told Arsenal Player.

“I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore.

“He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.

“I’ve known him for a long time and of course it was not very difficult to make this decision to come to Arsenal, because I think the way that Arsenal play [makes] it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football.”

Mkhitaryan is expected to make his Arsenal debut against Swansea City tonight as Wenger’s men look to close the gap on the Champions League places to two points.

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