The coach of the Armenia national team has hit out at Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The forward left Manchester United for Arsenal this week and as far as Artur Petrosyan is concerned, it’s the best thing for him.
‘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.
‘Yes, he [Arsene Wenger] likes them to play better football. I think Wenger is better for Henrikh.’
Petrosyan believes Mkhitaryan, who was struggling to even get a place on the bench for Manchester United by the end, will excel with Arsenal.
‘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.’
Petrosyan says he was unhappy with Mourinho leaving Armenia’s best player out of his side, particular with Mkhitaryan making an impression on the fans.
‘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.’