Arsenal craftsman Henrikh Mkhitaryan has outlined the key strategic differences between his new boss Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger, a set of demanding expectations that will indeed take time to adapt to, but a philosophy that will undoubtedly make them one of the Premier League’s most formidable forces once mastered.
Having faced Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two domestic fixtures, the Gunners have unfortunately fell victim to two consecutive defeats and are currently 17th in the standings, although that’s not down to sheer incompetence regarding the players’ respective responsibilities, as there’s bound to be teething problems under Emery’s vibrant, tenacious regime.
Mkhitaryan, who scored for the north-Londoners at Stamford Bridge during the club’s eventual 3-2 defeat, understands that an element of patience has to be observed if his Spanish boss’ blueprints are to take shape, and whilst talking to Sky Sport (via Mirror), the Armenian international said:
“We have to keep working because we have a new manager, a new philosophy and want to play in a different way than before under Wenger,
“He wants to play football and dominate the game and that’s what we’re doing, we’re not just kicking the ball up front.
“It’s not too easy but we are trying to achieve that and do what the coach is asking from us.
“We’re not happy with the result but we know where we’re going, what we’re doing, what the coach is demanding from us and we’re trying to do that.”
After their exceedingly troublesome start, of course, Arsenal take on West Ham United in their next Premier League meeting at the Emirates this coming weekend, and the versatile 29-year-old is positive that he and his teammates can turn their season around against the straggling Hammers.
“The most important thing is to stay positive, believe in ourselves and to keep working the same way and the result will come,” he proclaimed.
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