Henrikh Mkhitaryan slams Arsenal over ‘broken promises’ before Roma transfer

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Roma star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken aim at Arsenal after they broke promises made to him before flogging him to Italy.

The Gunners landed the Armenian star in a swap deal which saw Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United in January 2018.

Mkhitaryan scored nine goals and assisted a further 13 in 53 appearances at Arsenal.

But the winger was sold to Roma at the start of this season after his performances started to dwindle at the Emirates.

Mkhitaryan admits he was surprised that the move materialised but says Arsenal broke promises they made at the start of the campaign.

“It (the move) just happened,” he told Vivaro News.

“I was also surprised when I got the call from my agent (Mino Raiola) who advised me to move to Rome.

“I didn’t hesitate because I knew I would be more appreciated by Roma than by Arsenal at the time.

“At the beginning of the season they made promises to me, but after two or three weeks everything was different.

“They treated me differently.”

Mkhitaryan has been named Armenian Football of the Year for 2019, making it the ninth time he’s been awarded the honour.

The only time the attacker missed out in the last 10 years was in 2018 when Marcos Pizzeli beat him to the accolade.

Mkhitaryan spoke out on Twitter, thanking his country for the honour once again.

“It is always an honor for me to be voted as My Country’s Player of the Year, for the 9th time now,” he tweeted.

“Thanks to all those who have voted.”

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