Henrikh Mkhitaryan has hit out at Arsenal‚Äôs early-season critics, labelling them ‚Äústupid.‚ÄĚ
The Gunners have lost both their opening league games for the first time since 1992.
That pointless start has seen new boss Unai Emery come under fire, with the criticism starting almost immediately following the opening-weekend defeat by champions Manchester City.
But forward Mkhitaryan said: ‚ÄúAlways, stupid people can say or criticise a team that has played one game in the league.
‚ÄúYou can criticise after one year, at the end of the season when we are going to see what we achieve. But you cannot criticise a team or players after one game, because that is not the main thing.
‚ÄúYou have to give time to the manager because he is new and has a new philosophy. Even the Roman Empire was not built in one year or in one month.
‚ÄúWe need time and we are pretty sure we are going to move forward and have a good result.
‚ÄúEveryone is positive and looking forward and we are hungry to win games.‚ÄĚ
Arsenal will be favourites to break their duck at home to West Ham, also pointless after two games under a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini, on Saturday.
Mkhitaryan, speaking to beIN Sports, said: ‚ÄúWe need the first step, the first win ‚ÄĒ not only to believe in Emery, because even now we are believing in him.
‚ÄúIt is not that we don‚Äôt believe in him or have some doubts.
‚ÄúEveryone respects him and believes in him. I‚Äôm pretty sure we need just one win and after that win we are going to have more confidence and more belief in ourselves.‚ÄĚ