When you’re at 0-0 with Cardiff and yet to have a shot on target, introducing Carl Jenkinson for Stephan Lichtsteiner doesn’t seem like the kind of change a manager would make to alter the dynamic of a game.
Yet that seemed to be Unai Emery’s thinking behind that substitution last night, bringing on the ardent Gooner for the former Swiss international.
It was a move designed to push the visitors further back on that right hand side as Jenkinson explained afterwards.
“I was given the license to get forward and join the attack,” he told the official website.
“We were pushing to win the game so my job was to get forward and try to cause problems, and if I wasn’t getting on the ball, my job was to open up space for other players.
“I did my best to do that, I was running up and down and I did my best to get involved and cause problems. I think I did that so I’m happy.
“It was great to come on and play a part in a win.”
It was the 26 year old’s first Premier League appearance for the club in over two years, and with Lichtsteiner struggling, Ainsley Maitland-Niles suffering from a bruised knee and Hector Bellerin out for the rest of the season, he’s looking to force his way into the head coach’s thoughts.
“I’ve got to keep working,” he continued. “That’s what I do best. I’m pushing and I’m pushing.
“We’ve got top lads in the squad and whoever plays is going to do a job, but for personal pride of course I want to be in the team.
“I’m training as hard as I can to give the manager a problem and get myself in the team.”