Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes the team should stick to their plans despite enduring a poor start to the Premier League campaign. The Gunners have opened the season with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively but Mkhitaryan feels the team should still remain positive going forward.
He told jamiecarragherfan.info: “Everyone has their own opinion. We know very well what we are playing for and how we have to play. If we are just going to kick the ball up front and wait for God to give us a chance to score, it’s not necessary. The only thing we have to do is to work hard, believe in ourselves and use the chances we create to score goals.
“It was a pleasure to score and assist in a game against Chelsea. 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. The most important thing is to stay positive, believe in ourselves and to keep working the same way and the result will come.”
Arsenal looked out of sorts against Manchester City in the opening game with Emery’s tactic of playing from the back failing to work to plan. However, they were much better against Chelsea where they were a lot composed, though the result could not go their way after some poor finishing from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Despite successive defeats, Arsenal should go in to the West Ham game this weekend with some positivity, given they were managed to create several goalscoring opportunities during the recent 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Mkhitaryan was among the standout performers during the game and he capped the performance with a goal and an assist, though he was guilty of missing a clear-cut chance before his contribution.
Looking at the table, the Gunners are presently just above the relegation zone but things should change in the next two months where they have eight games, which are quite winnable. Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet under new boss Unai Emery with five goals conceded from their opening two matches.