Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained the reason behind Mesut Ozil’s substitution during his side’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday evening.
The Spanish boss has insisted it was a tactical decision to replace the German midfielder at half-time.
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The 30-year-old has started his second-successive Premier League game but found himself taken off due to disappointing performance in the first half of the game.
But the former Paris Saint-Germain manager has revealed that he sometimes changes tactically when he needs something to change.
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“It was tactical,” Emery said. “It’s the same every match. Sometimes I change it tactically when I need something to change.”
“I’m a little disappointed. I think the first half was key in the match. We started winning and had another two chances, and they saved from Aubameyang.”
“We didn’t concede chances for them but they drew level. Second half we could not impose our game plan. We did not make more clear chances to win the match.”
“It’s our process, we are leaving one process with the team. We can continue in our way with this point. It would be better if we won but I think the team worked well.”
“If we scored our chances in the first half we could have won. In the second half, we couldn’t impose our game.”
◼️ Aubameyang scoring again
◼️ Missed first-half chances
◼️ Our second-half display
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Arsenal sit in fifth position with just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.
The Gunners are back into the Premier League action on Saturday evening where they to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool.