Mkhitaryan: It’s important to get an away win

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits the scoreline was far tighter than Arsenal would have liked as they squeezed past bottom side Huddersfield with a 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Alex Iwobi’s volley and a tap in by Alex Lacazette ensured the Gunners went into the break with a deserved two-goal advantage, however, they invited pressure from the home side in the second half and had to endure a nervy finish when Sead Kolasinac put through his own net in stoppage time.

After the win, Arsenal’s first on the road in the Premier League since November, Mkhitaryan, back in the team after 10 games out injured, told Sky Sports: “The score was closer than we would have liked as the last game we won away was two months ago so it was important to get the away win and three points.

“It was very important to score twice in the first half, we had other chances to score but we were unlucky, and couldn’t score. Most importantly we won and can now look forward.

“With their new manager Huddersfield play very well and I wish them good luck, but most importantly we came here and won.

The Armenian added: “We try to do everything to win every game, because every point is important. We will focus for the Europa League and then switch back to the Premier League.

“I am happy to be back after two months so I will keep on working and doing my best for the team.”

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PGunner
PGunner

Yes it is

Voldermort
Voldermort

Shocking performance. Ok we got 3 points but we are so far away from being a good team and one that competes for anything.
So much more money needed on signings than stan will ever be willing to spend.
So much wasted money in Wenger’s last few years have set us back maybe a decade.
Shambles of a football club.

martin
martin

Please tell me all this wasted money in Wenger’s last few years. We are still challenging for a top 4 place and the Europa League

Voldermort
Voldermort

Mustafi. 35 mil.
Ozil. 350k a week
Ramsey no new contract 2 years ago when he should have been offered one.
Losing alexis for nothing. Then paying mika 200 k week because of piss poor planning.
And so on and so on

Caligunner
Caligunner

Offer Ramsey what 2 years ago? He was always hurt until last season

UE should have figured out if Ramsey was his type of player during preseason where Ramsey was there since the welsh team wasn’t in the World Cup. Instead it took 2-3 matches before he decided he wasn’t? Wtf he could have made that decision before the deadline or give him that contract instead we are losing Ramsey on a free.

Ozil is the price of business and worth it to AW at that time. It tells me he thought he was going to be there this year until after the Jan window

Mustafi is perplexing decision but only thing that makes sense is that we lost two CB right before the season so it was a panic buy

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Already surpassed last seasoms away wins.
More points than last season
Closer to the top than last season
Spanish Messi on loan at the club
Iwobi balling
Mustafi going
Hard fought tricky wins vs defensive sides

We have got our Arsenal back 😎😎😎

Caligunner
Caligunner

Yeah it means city isn’t running away with it this season

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Spanish Messi should’ve been the clue.ah well..

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

FUnny he Is back and we win away ! Mhki is an important player for us . Haters gonnna hate…

clins
clins

Mki played well today. I thought he was improving before he got injured. But now after injury he looks really fresh and sharp. Hope he plays well like this

GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

I don’t understand why Mhiki is constantly looked down upon. He is a fantastic player, who was one of our most potent threats going forward (especially considering he just returned from injury). For me, he is almost a mesh of Ramsey and Ozil. He has creativity, an eye for goal, and is still extremely athletic. If Emery cannot get it through his thick skull to put Ozil on the pitch, I get excited knowing that Mhiki can at least provide some creativity and spark to this dull team.

Richard
Richard

You’re right, but he badly lacks consistency. Like most of our creative players.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

I haven’t seen the game but, blimey!! I’ve never seen this website so negative after an Arsenal win!

I thought that I was negative! Wow!!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Players were shit. Couldn’t make 2 straight passes to a clear teammate even if their lives depended on it. Mustafi and Kola possibly broke the record of passing it out of the pitch. But arseblog crowd blame the head coach as is customary.

martin
martin

Except we won and Kolasanic has another assist. It’s toxic so called fans like you you using the term “shit” to describe our players that are so sickening.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

fair enough on the name calling.
but still the individual performance was terrible.

Rayk 47

Welcome to the fold

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
Josheha
Josheha

Love all this moaning and groaning really good way to forget about life’s serious ups and downs for a bit. Just came back from a funeral so missed the game. But the comments but a smile back on my face. Yes we’re having a rough old time of it but we’re still the arsenal and in this season of all seasons let’s support and encourage our ravaged squad while they still have something to play and fight for…..we can still then moan like stink when season ends.

Matty Cakes
Matty Cakes

Unai’s team only seems to have 4 gears. Most of the season has been labouring in 2nd gear.

Fair enough Arsene stalled plenty away from home last season but the team could still be fucking dynamic on occasions.

At this moment in time I can’t see Emery lasting more than two seasons

Richard
Richard

Right now I’ll be glad to see the back of him come the end of the season. But we have bigger problems upstairs…

Voldermort
Voldermort

He wont last 2 seasons. But it wont be his fault. He will pay the penalty for the abysmal spending of wenger and the fact the board will demand a silk purse from a sows ear.
They will invest the minimum and expect miracles. We will take years to recover from Wenger’s last few years sadly if we recover at all.

martin
martin

Rubbish

martin
martin

So a man who has got us challenging for a top 4 place and the Europa league and achieved a 22 undefeated match run is a failure after a few months. The toxicity of you and the others condeming a manager doing a fine job is despicable

PeteyB
PeteyB

Seems a bit much to be asking for his head already. He’s not significantly over achieving, but not underachieving either. We are in the hunt which is about where we should be.

Margins between chelski Utd and us are pretty fine. Utd big squad may show towards the end, just as much as I hope Spuds tiny squad comes to bite.

But all in all this team is roughly where it should be and Emery deserves a sensible amount of time to get in a few players that he actually wants.

db10s
db10s

I think is more of the fact that the fanbase was oversold with Emery and his capabilities.

However I do wonder what is going on currently. We seem to be playing worse now compared to september-early december. I know injuries have plagued our form but with all this formation juggling, we don’t look like a settled side and it showed over the weekend.

Santori
Santori

I thought he did alright on his return. He moved the ball quickly which led to the goal but also just before he put AMN through as well.

Interesting to see Unai go for a 3-4-3. I thought he might have opted for a 3-4-1- 2 instead but clearly he preferred us to exploit the width and open spaces left by Huddersfield and there is also the issue of Aubameyang.

Whilst evidently a good nose for goal, he tends to be a bit flipant keeping the ball for us higher up.

Considering we have struggled in away form, it was crucial to have better ball retention.

We did OK higher up with some nice take downs from high balls by the fullbacks, Lacazette, Mhki and Iwobi.

But midfield is a different issue. We struggled to impose ourselves there today.

K9ine
K9ine

I will take scoring one goal more than the opponent in all the remaining matches of the season. Including 10-9. I love winning.
World is a better and brighter place when we do