Mkhitaryan hits back at Arsenal critics after ‘tough start’

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he “doesn’t know why people are criticising so much” after his side’s difficult start to the new season.

The Gunners have lost their opening two league matches for the first time since 1992 – to Manchester City and Chelsea.

“I’m the worst critic in my football game and I don’t need extra criticism,” the 29-year-old Armenian told BBC Football Focus.

“I know very well what I am giving to the team and what the team gives me.

“We have a new manager and are trying to adapt to his philosophy and also his demands,” said Mkhitaryan, who arrived at Emirates Stadium as part of a swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

“It has been a tough start of course – we faced two good teams in Man City and Chelsea – but you don’t have any easy opponents in this league.

“We lost the first game and the second one as well. But that’s football. We just have to stay positive and continue working hard and the good results will come.

“We don’t feel any pressure. We are not thinking that something is going wrong because we are moving in the right way even if we lost two games.

“I don’t know why people are criticising so much. I’m not paying attention because I know if I’ve played bad or well.”

Mkhitaryan was signed for Arsenal in January by Wenger before his departure after 22 years at the helm.

Mkhitaryan said: “No-one knew he was going to leave after six months but I came here because he gave me this great chance to play for Arsenal, to play for the club I’ve been dreaming of all my life, and it’s a pity he’s not at the club but life goes on.”

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