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HEN­RIKH LOVES LIFE UN­DER EMERY

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HEN­RIKH MKHI­TARYAN claims Unai Emery’s revo­lu­tion at Arsenal has to­tally changed the club’s cul­ture.

In barely five months at the helm, the Gun­ners boss ap­pears to have re­moved the dark clouds that were hang­ing over The Emirates – both on and off pitch.

Mkhi­taryan has noth­ing but praise for the way Emery is trans­form­ing the north Lon­don­ers from a seem­ingly stale, spent force un­der Arsene Wenger into a resur­gent and dynamic out­fit.

The Gun­ners are un­de­feated in

15 out­ings in all com­pe­ti­tions – a siz­zling run that in­cludes 12 wins and stretches back to the third week­end of the cam­paign.

And Mkhi­taryan, hav­ing ar­rived at the club last Jan­uary from Manch­ester United, is per­fectly placed to dis­cuss the dif­fer­ences be­tween the fi­nal days of Wenger’s long reign and the new regime of for­mer Paris Saint Ger­main boss Emery.

Ahead of Wolves’ visit to The Emirates to­day, the Ar­me­nia ace spoke of the up­beat at­mos­phere – with play­ers and fans united be­hind the Spanish coach. Mkhi­taryan, 29, said: “Yes, things have changed. And it’s down to the new man­ager.

“The cul­ture has changed in­side and out­side the club and peo­ple are be­liev­ing in us more be­cause we’re play­ing dif­fer­ently.

“We’re play­ing the way they want us to. We’re scor­ing goals and win­ning games – and that’s the best feel­ing for sup­port­ers.

“Our style and phi­los­o­phy has changed. The new man­ager has built on the base Arsene Wenger built in 22 years.

“And the play­ers have ac­cepted all his con­di­tions – ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing is what Unai Emery is ex­pect­ing and ask­ing of us.”

Emery’s de­sire to un­leash an ad­ven­tur­ous, at­tack­ing out­fit was high­lighted last Satur­day in the 1-1 home draw against high-fly­ing Liver­pool.

For the first time this sea­son Mkhi­taryan, Apr 2012: Wolves 0 Arsenal 3 Dec 2011: Arsenal 1 Wolves 1 Feb 2011: Arsenal 2 Wolves 0 Nov 2010: Wolves 0 Arsenal 2 Apr 2010: Arsenal 1 Wolves 0

Arsenal – 57 wins Wolves – 29 wins Draws – 26 Me­sut Ozil, Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Alexan­dre La­cazette started to­gether.

And that ap­proach – al­lied to the results – clearly ap­peals to his play­ers as much as it does the sup­port­ers.

Mkhi­taryan said: “Ev­ery­one feels we can play to­gether at once. But it doesn’t mat­ter who plays, the most im­por­tant thing is the team.

“One game you can play with all th­ese four play­ers, the next you play with a to­tally dif­fer­ent of­fen­sive sys­tem.

“And it’s not that we’re only at­tack­ing, we’re de­fend­ing as well – do­ing a team job.

“It does make life eas­ier hav­ing world-class strik­ers around be­cause from the left you have Auba and from the right you have La­cazette. It’s a dream for me – and the oth­ers – to have th­ese op­tions.”

One at­tack­ing al­ter­na­tive no longer avail­able is Eng­land striker Danny Wel­beck, who broke his an­kle dur­ing the Europa League goal­less clash against Sport­ing Lis­bon on Thurs­day.

That re­sult made it three draws in the last four games – and left Emery ad­mit­ting the team re­mains a work in progress.

The ex-Va­len­cia and Sevilla coach said: “We must con­tinue in our way, im­prov­ing our po­si­tion­ing and ag­gres­sive­ness with the ball and with­out the ball.

“It’s about the right mix.”

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