National manager aims dig at Mourinho; praises Wenger

Date published: Friday 26th January 2018 9:04

Armenia national team manager Artur Petrosyan has explained why he “was not happy” with Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho and Manchester United completed a swap deal earlier this week that saw Alexis Sanchez join, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed the other way to Arsenal.

It brings to end a difficult 18 months for Mkhitaryan, who struggled to establish himself in the first team.

Petrosyan is of the belief that the Armenian international can prosper under Arsene Wenger as “there will not be so much pressure on him defensively”.

“I think Henrikh had a problem with the United coach and at Arsenal, it will be another thing and not the same situation. There will not be so much pressure on him defensively,” he said.

“Yes, he [Wenger] likes them to play better football. I think Wenger is better for Henrikh.

“We are very happy with this transfer from Manchester United. His style of play will be better suited at Arsenal.

“I only spoke with Miki and I cannot tell you about my talks with Miki because it was between us, but I told you about my impression that I was not happy with Mourinho.

“I think Henrikh can do very well in the Premier League. He can continue in a good mood, in a good way. He is always one of the best players in the Premier League but under this manager – Wenger – he will become even stronger.

“I think the [Manchester United] fans liked him. I think that means he did something for the club.

“I am not happy with Mourinho’s decision not to play him, but it is his club, his team — he knows what he wants. It is good he has left.”

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