Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been speaking to the press in Italy about his time in quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus that is sweeping the world and why he prefers to play under Roma’s manager than Unai Emery.

Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (R) react to another missed chance during the pre-season friendly football match for the Emirates Cup between Arsenal and Lyon at The Emirates Stadium in north London on July 28, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Arsenal’s Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (R) react to another missed chance during the pre-season friendly football match for the Emirates Cup between Arsenal and Lyon at The Emirates Stadium in north London on July 28, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Since leaving Arsenal under Emery, Mkhitaryan has shone in ways he struggled during his time in England. Although he’s suffered a number of injuries, the 31-year-old has still managed to score six goals, with three assists in just 811 Serie A minutes.

“Compared to what Fonseca asks of me, the Arsenal manager wanted another type of game,” Mkhitaryan told Quotidiano. “I feel better with Paulo because we play more proactive football that better reflects my characteristics.

“I can’t say anything about my stay at the moment because nothing is moving. I don’t know when we will go back to playing and what will happen this summer. In football, everything changes quickly. One day you are here and another you are somewhere else, you never know what can happen.”

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Lecce at Stadio Olimpico on February 23, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Lecce at Stadio Olimpico on February 23, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has previously spoken about the possibility of Mkhitaryan playing again for Arsenal when his loan in Rome ends but it seems likely he will move on permanently.

About his quarantine, Mkhitaryan said, “I’m trying to mix everything together: the ball, use a bike and other exercises with the dumbbells. I’m trying to do everything the club has put me on the training program.

“It is not easy because obviously you have limited space and there are some things that you do not have at home, but we are trying to reap the best benefits. Obviously, it is not the best solution to kick around the apartment, because it annoys the neighbours. At the moment, I am trying to do everything without the ball, because it is more important to be physically fit than technically.”

With the death toll in Italy standing at 7,503 on Wednesday night following 683 deaths that day, the country has already charged more than 80,000 with lockdown violations.

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