Emery explains why he was going to substitute Lacazette

Date published: Monday 24th September 2018 7:31

Unai Emery admits he was on the verge of substituting Alexandre Lacazette before he kickstarted Arsenal’s win over Everton.

Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday in a typical Gunners performance: poor in the first half, and much better in the second.

Lacazette was the key to victory, with his sublime finish breaking the deadlock.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a second soon after, but Emery admits that he almost brought Lacazette off before his game-changing moment.

The manager waited longer to take off Aubameyang instead, with Alex Iwobi replacing him.

“I don’t think it’s important, but maybe yes! Football is like that,” he said, when asked whether Lacazette was about to be hauled off.

“We needed to change something in this moment to give us another individual quality on the pitch.

“Then we scored the goal and I decided to stop it and think again about who we need next.”

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