Henrikh Mkhitaryan has discussed the differences between Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery and claimed that the Spaniard wants to create a more balanced team (via Sky Sports).
It must be strange for some of this Arsenal team as they adapt to a new manager’s style of play after so many years under Arsene Wenger.
It’s clear that Unai Emery prefers a different style of play to the Frenchman and now, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been asked to explain what that is.
“It’s not too different but there are different things because there is not people playing in the same way or thinking in the same way, the philosophy is different,” Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.
“Emery kept the philosophy of Wenger but is building something new on it. He knows he can give something different to this club, like the balance between attack and defence. It’s not easy but I think he’s doing it in the right way.
“We have to keep working because we have a new manager, a new philosophy and want to play in a different way than before under Wenger.
“It’s not too easy but we are trying to achieve that and do what the coach is asking from us. He wants to play football and dominate the game and that’s what we’re doing, we’re not just kicking the ball up front.
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“We are trying to play football, our second goal against Chelsea we had 19 consecutive passes and then Alex [Iwobi] finished the attack and we scored.
“It’s a new philosophy, we have to accept that and work hard to achieve our goals.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan raises some good points about the two managers. Unai Emery is attempting to instil a new style of football to his predecessor and that will take some time, as exemplified by the defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.