Mkhitaryan: ‘Prefer Fonseca’s football’

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he is “feeling much better” at Roma and that he “prefers” Paulo Fonseca’s football to what Unai Emery practiced at Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan fell out of favour at Arsenal but had been hitting form for Roma just before coronavirus brought the season to a halt, scoring three goals and assisting two in four Serie A matches.

“When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here,” the attacking midfielder told The Times.

“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.”

The Armenian’s loan spell expires in June and does not include an option to buy, but does he want to stay at the Olimpico beyond this summer?

“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.”

With Serie A showing no signs of resuming as Italy combats COVID-19, which has taken 7,503 lives in the country, Mkhitaryan offered a sneak-peek into his life indoors.

“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.”

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