Unai Emery has made a surprising confession that he got his substitutions wrong against Watford on Monday night (via Arsenal.com).
It was a scrappy performance and a befitting goal as Arsenal won 1-0 against Watford on Monday night.
Arsenal were 1-0 up against 10-man Watford inside the opening 15 minutes but didn’t really take control of the match.
The Gunners drifted through the match and were a little fortunate to see it through, something which Unai Emery took responsibility for.
“First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira,” Emery said after the match.
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“We played with the same system – 4-2-3-1 – with Xhaka and Aaron coming closer to Xhaka for the build-up and Mesut behind Auba as a midfielder. We didn’t control like I wanted to control the match.
“We are thinking and I was thinking to play with three centre backs to be enough for our build-up and use one player more in the middle, like Matteo as a possibility to help with Xhaka, help with Aaron and Mesut, to give the security in the midfield.
“But I didn’t do this decision on the pitch with all the control I wanted, so after I changed and recovered a 4-2-3-1 with Ainsley. Above all, also in our team, the second half they can take some moments and the possibility to score in set-pieces or a long ball and a second action.
“We worked very well on set-pieces and the long balls with second actions but the most important for us was to score the second goal to control the match.”
It’s an interesting series of quotes from Unai Emery. It’s rare for a head coach to speak with such honesty about their decision-making process. The Spaniard didn’t have his best night in the Arsenal dugout with some poor substitutions but the Gunners held on to secure the three points.