Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has suggested Unai Emery’s tactics prevented him from operating ‘freely’.
The Armenia international has given an interview with FourFourTwo, in which he appears to reinforce the notion Emery is dedicated to his own way of playing.
Mkhitaryan, who is currently on a season-long loan at AS Roma, said: “He paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed.
“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 made a few appearances for the Gunners right at the start of 2019/20, but left the day after the North London Derby on September 2.
TBR’s view – Mkhitaryan’s struggles inevitable?
Mkhitaryan had struggled to show his best under the more attack-minded Arsenal Wenger, so perhaps he was always destined to fail under Unai Emery.
Even when Mkhitaryan had the freedom he craves he often disappointed with a poor end product.
And being restricted by Emery’s tactics was always going to put him in an even worse light.