Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about his initial struggles at Arsenal

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that he found it difficult to settle at Arsenal after joining from Manchester United in January.

The 29-year-old joined Arsenal in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move in the opposite direction to Old Trafford yet neither player has shown their best form since then.

He has contributed nine assists and five goals in 32 appearances but has rarely set the Emirates Stadium alight.

When asked to reflect on his first year at Arsenal, Mkhitaryan replied: “I would say it’s a bit too early to say something about it but I’m very pleased to be here and I’m trying my best.

“It wasn’t very easy at the start but I kept working every day and game after game, I’m trying to improve my game.

“I would say everything is going well, I’m very happy at the moment and I hope to continue in the same way.”

Mkhitaryan was speaking in Ukraine ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Vorskla Poltava.

The Armenia international is one of the few experienced heads to have made the trip to the eastern European nation.

With qualification for the Europa League last-32 already assured, Emery decided to rest players for the game against FC Vorskla in Ukraine with the north London derby looming on Sunday.

However, Mkhitaryan, along with fellow first-team squad players Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding made the trip to Kiev, where the game will now be played.

Mkhitaryan spent five seasons playing in Ukraine, two with Metalurg Donetsk and then three with Shakhtar Donetsk, with whom he won three consecutive league titles and three national cups.



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