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Arsenal and former Man Utd player slams Unai Emery

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has criticized his former manager for not allowing him to play freely.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s experience in England was not what he might have hoped to have. First at Arsenal and then at Manchester United, Mkhitaryan slowly started seeing lack of playing time. Becoming increasingly frustrated with the bench, the Armenian moved to Serie A club Roma.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Mkhitaryan has recently spoken against his former manager Unai Emery. The 30-year old criticized Emery’s tactics saying it was too rigid to allow free play.

“He paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed,” the former Borussia Dortmund man revealed.

“I was starting as a winger, but had to build play with the defensive midfielder. It’s why I couldn’t contribute as many goals or assists.

“I like to play more freely and move wherever there’s space, but you have to do the job that the manager asks.

Mkhitaryan then justified his move to Italy by saying that he would like to enjoy spending more time on the pitch as he nears the end of his career.

“I’m 30 years old now and I like to play football, not just sit on the bench and waste my time.

“Emery and [head of football] Raul Sanllehi assured me I was important for Arsenal, but I signed for Roma because they believed in me more.”