Henrikh Mkhitaryan hits back at Arsenal critics after 'tough start'

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Emery, 46, was named successor to Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss in May, having left French champions PSG after guiding them to the Ligue 1 title.

West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere is determined to show Arsenal what they missed out on when he visits his former club for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday.

The team lost its two opening fixtures - against Manchester City and Chelsea, matches that Unai opted to start with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront.

While Emery remains pointless after two Premier League games at the Arsenal helm, Merson believes he can be considered a touch unfortunate as misfiring players have been the ones holding the Gunners back.


'You can criticise after one year, at the end of the season when we are going to see what we achieve.

Merson gets his fair share of stick but on this occasion, he makes a valid point.

This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in hard positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.

"We are working on different situations tactically".


Mkhitaryan recorded his first goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea last time out and is looking to reinvent himself at Arsenal to meet the demands of a new coach and playing style.

As the season unfolds, Emery could decide to supplant Granit Xhaka, who despite his longer passing range and shooting ability, seems to lack the work ethic and dynamism to feature in the double pivot that Arsenal play with. It's for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. In the first we are playing with four at the back, then we have two and one, and one and two.

Arsenal's game against West Ham is going to be a huge game for both clubs.

"At this moment the players need everybody together, the fans, the team, the manager, the owners - everybody".


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