Henrikh Mkhitaryan's admiration for Arsenal has been revealed after an article resurfaced recently on UEFA's website.
"My favourite team is Arsenal. I like their attacking play and fast style", Mkhitaryan enthused.
Mkhitaryan, now 27, has one year left on his contract and is highly-rated among Europe's top clubs after an outstanding season with Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 11 goals and created 15 assists in the Bundesliga, forming a potent attacking partnership with fellow Dortmund stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus.
Contract talks at Dortmund have reached a standstill, after Mkhitaryan made it clear he was unwilling to sign any contract which didn't include a release clause. Dortmund have been reluctant to include any such stipulations in their contracts since Mario Gotze left for Bayern Munich in 2013, when such a clause was triggered.
Mkhitaryan helped Dortmund finish second in the Bundesliga during the 2015-16 season, 10 points behind winners Bayern Munich, whilst Arsenal also finished second in the Premier League.
Should Dortmund decide to cash in on the Armenian attacking midfielder, he would become the latest Dortmund star to leave the club, after Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and more recently Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.