Manchester United misfit Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal last January, with Alexis Sanchez moving in the opposite direction. The Armenian midfielder struggled at Old Trafford and in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, the midfielder revealed that once he knew of Arsenal's interest that there was no doubt in his mind about the move.
When I heard I could swap Man United for Arsenal, I said, ‘Yes, I want to do that’, I didn’t think twice.
The 29-year-old then appeared to have a pop at his former club's defensive style saying that "it's important for me to play in an offensive team".
While José Mourinho's proclivity to favour defense over attack has drawn criticism this season the Portugese manager has steered United to second place this season. The Red Devils are 17 points ahead of Wenger's side but Mkhitaryan is still pleased that he made the switch, and distanced himself from comparisons with Sanchez:
I couldn’t have imagined a better start. I'd missed playing offensively. I joined Arsenal because Wenger wanted me, not because he wanted to replace Sanchez. We are different players and characters, with different abilities and skills, so I'll try my best to do everything for the club.
The Gunners have struggled for form this season, even after the January arrivals of Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, and are now 13 points off of the Premier League’s top four places, meaning they must win the Europa League in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Arsenal face CSKA Moscow tomorrow in the quarter final of the Europe's second competition. The game kicks off at 20.05 and with the first leg in the Emirates stadium.