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Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan left Man United to play 'offensive football'

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says the chance to "play offensive football" was one of the main reasons he agreed to join Arsenal from Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan signed for the Gunners last week in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join United, and is set to make his debut for the club at Swansea on Tuesday.

Mkhitaryan had fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho this season, and said Arsene Wenger's attack-minded style of play made Arsenal an attractive option.

"Of course it was not very difficult to make this decision to come to Arsenal, because I think the way that Arsenal play [make] it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football," Mkhitaryan told Arsenal's official website.

Wenger has said he met personally with Mkhitaryan in an attempt to sign him before he joined United in 2016, and the Armenia international said he has known the Arsenal boss "for a long time."

He said: "Of course it's very important to have respect from your manager. I know that he's demanding and he likes his players to explore.

"He was one of the [reasons] to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he's a great manager."

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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