- Match Analysis
Manchester United let their Armenian playmaker go to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez in what was a massive transfer move for a January window.
Mkhitaryan had a bright start to this season with United after making four assists in his first two games, but then that’s when things started to unravel for the 29-year-old.
The Armenian disappeared from games and reportedly had a falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.
But now, the Armenian made three assists on his Premier League home debut for Arsenal and was hailed as one of Arsenal’s best players on the day helping the Gunners to thrash Everton 5-1.
And Rooney has claimed that Mkhitaryan was not given enough ‘freedom’ at United to thrive.
“I think he is [better suited to Arsenal]. I saw it in training with him – he’s a very talented played. At United he didn’t get the freedom he really wanted to perform which he had at Dortmund.
“It was a different style and at Arsenal he’ll have players round him. He’ll create goals, he’ll score goals and I think he’ll kick on.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a contract until 2021 and is one of Arsenal’s highest earners.