Cape Town - Arsenal play-maker Henrikh Mkhitaryan
says the club's critics need to understand that it will take time for
the players to adapt to new manager Unai Emery.
The Gunners were handed a gruelling opening to their Premier League
season with games against Manchester City and Chelsea, and went on to
lose both of the ties.
Some have questioned Emery's tactics and his players' performances
after the losing start, but Mkhitaryan doesn't believe Arsenal deserve
to be criticised at this early stage.
"We have a new manager and are trying to adapt to his philosophy and also his demands," he told the BBC.
"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
"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
"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.
"I'm the worst critic in my football game and I don't need extra
criticism. I know very well what I am giving to the team and what the
team gives me."
Arsenal will host West Ham United in their next Premier League encounter on Saturday afternoon.