Unai Emery explains why he subbed off Dani Ceballos in Arsenal’s collapse against Watford

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The Spaniard had been a controlling influence in the Gunners’ midfield before coming off (Getty)Unai Emery says he substituted Dani Ceballos against Watford because he wanted to inject fresh impetus into his fading Arsenal side on a ‘very, very hot’ day.The Gunners threw away a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road on Sunday and were lucky to escape with a point as the hosts racked up an astonishing 31 efforts on the Arsenal goal; the Gunners managed just seven in response.Ceballos, though, was again one of few bright sparks and successfully completed 42 passes – the most of any Arsenal player at the time – before being replaced by Joe Willock in the 60th minute. Unai Emery explains why he subbed off Dani Ceballos in Arsenal’s collapse against Watford Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link383Sharescenter_img Real Madrid loanee Ceballos has made a big impression at Arsenal already (Picture: Getty)Although Arsenal were never really in control of the match even when leading, many fans were critical of the decision to take off the composed Ceballos, but Emery has defended the move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players,’ the Spanish coach explained after the game.‘We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWillock, Reiss Nelson and Lucas Torreira all came on but struggled to make any impact on a frantic and open-ended finale as Watford levelled the scores, with skipper Granit Xhaka claiming his side looked ‘scared’ in the second half.Asked about his captain’s remarks, Emery said: ‘Maybe it’s a very individual feeling. I think in football you never need to have scared, you need to take that moment as an experience for you and for us. Emery’s side were ripped open in the second half and could have lost the game (Picture: Getty)‘But really I can feel the players, I can feel me the same, sometimes when we were struggling, the possibility to don’t achieve our good consequence with our game plan.‘But we need to be strong in our mentality, but not for the players, for us, and to create our way, working and improving the things like today that happened in the second half.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more