It would be fair to say that Unai Emery has generally been able to have a positive impact on games this season with his changes from the bench.
It would also be fair to say that what he did yesterday in the 1-1 draw at Brighton didn’t really work, and the manager spoke about the decisions he made after the game.
He withdrew Mesut Ozil at half-time, replacing him with Alex Iwobi, and on the German’s substitution at half-time he said, “It’s only tactical – we’ve changed the idea at half-time in other matches, with other players.
“Today I thought to do it with Mesut, but it’s only tactical – not another problem.”
With his team in need of a goal, replacing Alexandre Lacazette with Aaron Ramsey left a lot of people scratching their heads. On that Emery said, “I think also that Aaron Ramsey deserved to play, he deserved to take responsibility also because he wants to help us.
“I think Aaron Ramsey played a good match today in this moment.”
As for the lack of impact the changes made in general, he continued, “I wanted to control it better with the positioning on the pitch.
“But in the second half we couldn’t do our ideas on the pitch for imposing ourselves and this imposing positioning can give us more options in attacking moments to score. We created less chances in the second half.”