DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 01: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal during the Pre-season friendly International Champions Cup game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Aviva stadium on August 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan plans to reinvent himself this year as Arsenal begin a new era

The Armenia international had a mixed first campaign at the Gunners following his January move from Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan has failed to reach the heights he managed at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga after a demoralising spell at United.

But, under new manager Unai Emery at Arsenal, the 29-year-old is keen to leave “the old Mkhitaryan” in the past and instead become “someone new”.

“I don’t think you’re going to see the Dortmund Mkhitaryan, because in Dortmund the philosophy was different, the playing style was different, the league was different,” said Mkhitaryan, according to the Independent.

“Arsenal are playing in a different league with a different manager and different teammates.

“I don’t want to see the old Mkhitaryan being here at Arsenal. I want to be someone new, someone else who can show that he’s capable of doing the same for Arsenal as well.”

Arsenal have had their worst start in 26 years after losing both of their opening Premier League games to Manchester City and Chelsea.

“We are not thinking that something is going wrong, because we are on the right way,” Mkhitaryan said.

“Even if we lose the first two games, it doesn’t mean we’re not going to finish in the top four.

“We still have 36 games to go and anything can happen in the English Premier League, everybody knows that.

“We’re staying positive with our heads up, just working hard for the next games.”

Arsenal will be hoping to get their first points of the season on the table this Saturday when they play host to West Ham United.