Dzeko hopes Mkhitaryan stays at Roma after goalscoring debut

By Sacha Pisani 16 September 2019 75
Dzeko hopes Mkhitaryan stays at Roma after goalscoring debut

Edin Dzeko said he hopes Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains at Roma for a "long time" after his goalscoring debut for the Serie A side.

Mkhitaryan arrived in the Italian capital on a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Arsenal before the transfer window closed in Europe.

And Mkhitaryan's first appearance for Roma yielded a goal in the 22nd minute as the Giallorossi beat visitors Sassuolo 4-2 on Sunday.

Dzeko, who was also on the scoresheet at Stadio Olimpico, hailed his new team-mate post-match.

"I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football," Dzeko said.

"I am 100 per cent sure he is going to be a big help for us. I was definitely happy to see this transfer happen.

"After we played for our national teams and he scored two goals against us I told him 'my friend, next games you have to score for Roma as well!'

"He's a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.

"Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal so hopefully, he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us."

Roma are unbeaten after three games with new head coach Paulo Fonseca at the helm – the club managing one win and two draws to be four points behind leaders Inter.

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