Mkhitaryan outlines season targets and how Roma move came about

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he hopes to play in two cup finals for Roma this season after sealing a season-long loan move from Arsenal.

The attacking midfielder was a late addition to Paulo Fonseca’s squad, and in terms of technical ability, is probably the best new signing Gianluca Petrachi has made so far.

Mkhitaryan is yet to train with his new teammates, as he is on international duty with Armenia, for whom he is the captain and all-time leading scorer. But while with the national setup – with whom he will face new teammates Alessandro Florenzi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gianluca Mancini against Italy tonight – he has been able to speak about his new club.

“It all happened on the last day of the mercato,” he explained at a press conference on Wednesday. “After playing the game against Tottenham my agent called me, telling me that the next morning I should leave for Rome to undergo my medical and sign the contract.

“This for me is surely a great opportunity given that at Arsenal I didn’t play much.

“I decided to transfer to Roma because of Fonseca. He will surely give me more space and use my qualities. I am 100% ready. Not only physically, I also feel good mentally because in football you also need a good head.

“I didn’t play all the matches in the Premier League for 90 minutes, but I trained very well and even did more than necessary.”

In a separate interview yesterday, he gave more insight into the team’s targets for the season.

“The team has a new coach and new players,” said the 30-year-old. “It’s fantastic because the team is starting to take shape and I can have my space [in it].

“The club explained to me the objectives of the season: taking the team back into the Champions League, reaching the Europa League final and winning the Coppa Italia. I hope to do well, with the help of Fonseca.”

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