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Unai Emery explains why he took Lucas Torreira off at half time against Watford

Lucas Torreira was taken off at half-time as Arsenal beat Watford 1-0. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has allayed fears the midfielder has suffered an injury.

First I decided to change Torreira because after the red card the atmosphere was against him,” he said.

Also the doctor said to me in the first half he had a little bit of pain like Thursday and I decided ‘OK, it’s the moment’. We were playing with the same system, 4-2-3-1, with Aaron Ramsey and [Granit] Xhaka coming closer to the play and Mesut [Ozil] like a No.10.

“We weren’t controlling like I want the match and I was thinking to do with three centre-backs can be enough with our build-up and we use one player in the middle like Matteo [Guendouzi], helping with Xhaka, Aaron and Mesut, to make the superiority in the midfield more clear. But really I didn’t make the right decision on the pitch. We didn’t have the control I wanted,” he added.

“After I changed to the 4-2-3-1 with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. Above all the anxiety was in our team because the second half they can take some moments, the possibility to score in set pieces and second actions. We worked well on set pieces, we worked well on second actions and the long ball. The most important for us was to score the second ball to be more in control.”

Arsenal will be in action on Thursday, in the Europa League quarter-final second leg clash against Napoli.

Source- The Mirror

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