Wenger signed Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford in 2018.


The Armenian admits that he loved working under Wenger as the former Arsenal boss gave his players the freedom to express themselves and move the ball around on the pitch.



The attacking midfielder hailed the attacking ethos of the Frenchman and claimed that the former Arsenal manager was more interested in outscoring opponents than actually defending leads.


He indicated that it was a shame that he only got the opportunity to work under the Frenchman for just half a season.



Mkhitaryan told The Athletic: “With Wenger, it was freedom, the freedom to move, to play with the ball.


“He always wanted to play with the ball.



“He never wanted to defend because he was always saying if we score more goals than the opponent we’re going to win the game. It was a pleasing time.


“Unfortunately, after six months he was sacked.”


Mkhitaryan struggled under Wenger’s successor Unai Emery at Arsenal and he was eventually shipped out on loan to Roma in 2019.


He joined the Serie A giants on a permanent deal last summer when his Arsenal contract expired.