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Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan slams “stupid” critics for jumping to conclusions over new boss Unai Emery

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan slams “stupid” critics for jumping to conclusions over new boss Unai Emery
23 Aug
1:55

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has hit out at Arsenal’s early-season critics, labelling them “stupid.”

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: “Always, stupid people can say or criticise a team that has played one game in the league.

“You 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.

Emery is waiting for the penny to drop with his players on the new tactical plan
(Image: EMPICS Sport)

“You 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.

“We need time and we are pretty sure we are going to move forward and have a good result.

“Everyone is positive and looking forward and we are hungry to win games.”

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 has come racing to the defence of his new manager
(Image: Arsenal FC via Getty)

Mkhitaryan, speaking to beIN Sports, said: “We need the first step, the first win — not only to believe in Emery, because even now we are believing in him.

“It is not that we don’t believe in him or have some doubts.

“Everyone respects him and believes in him. I’m pretty sure we need just one win and after that win we are going to have more confidence and more belief in ourselves.”

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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenals-henrikh-mkhitaryan-slams-stupid-13123260

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