Henrikh Mkhitaryan says that Manchester United “play offensive football” like Arsenal, “but not in every game”.
Mkhitaryan left United in January after 18 varied months at Old Trafford.
The Armenian struggled to truly establish himself in Manchester, and joined Arsenal in a straight swap deal with Alexis Sanchez in the winter transfer window.
He feels more suited to the style of play in north London, with less defensive responsibility placed on him.
“Everyone knows Arsenal play offensive football, and I love to play offensive football,” he told Sky Sports.
“In Manchester we were playing offensive football too but not in every game, so it was quite different.
“Every player has to defend, it doesn’t matter if you are a striker, winger, attacking midfield, you have to defend, you cannot just defend with four or five players, the whole team must defend.
“I’m doing my efforts to help the team to defend, sometimes it can work, sometimes it doesn’t.
“But I always try to do my best for the team first of all, and then I’m thinking of myself.
“I’m not an ego player to think of myself first. Then when I get the ball I can create.”