- Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Roma from Arsenal on loan for the season
- Eden Dzeko knows his quality and wants Armenian to move permanently
- He said: ‘I know him as a great player, he is a very good addition to our team’
Eden Dzeko (left) wants Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) to stay at Roma for the long term
Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for the club in a 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo at the weekend
Eden Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan to make his stay at Roma a permanent one.
The striker was an admirer of the Armenian’s talents before he joined the Serie A side and has been impressed so far.
He told Sky Sports: ‘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.
‘I am one hundred per cent sure he is going to be a big help for us. I was definitely happy to see this transfer happen.’
Earlier this month, Mkhitaryan’s Armenia beat Dzeko’s Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-2 in a Euro qualifier with both men getting on the score sheet.
Dzeko continued: ‘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.’