Emery explains Lucas Torreira withdrawal

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With Watford down to ten men and Arsenal struggling to impose themselves properly on the game, it felt inevitable that Unai Emery would make a half-time change during last night’s 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

The substitution of Lucas Torreira probably wasn’t the one most people were expecting though, as the Uruguayan made way for Mesut Ozil at the break.

Afterwards, the Arsenal boss explained his thinking, suggesting the crowd’s disapproval of the Arsenal midfielder played a part, as did a minor injury.

“First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because after the red card, the atmosphere is against him,” said Emery.

“Also the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain for Thursday and I decided okay, it’s the moment.

“I think it’s small and he can be ready for Thursday physically.”

Emery was on the receiving end of some words from Troy Deeney, who was sent off in the 11th minute for a forearm to the face of Torreira, but the Spaniard said he had no idea what the chunky Watford captain was on about.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked what Deeney had shouted.

“It’s not important. I didn’t listen to him really. I didn’t listen to him really and I only answered him to say I don’t know.”

Rumours that Emery said, “¿Dónde están tus cojones ahora?” could not be verified.

Read today’s Arseblog on last night’s win

Watford 0-1 Arsenal: Three big points but Gunners struggle with the Emery shuffle

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Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Deeney can get in the fucking sea

Gandalf
Gandalf

He wouldn’t fit

Jarghs
Jarghs

He’d bob like a turd with too much air in it

GOODEBENING
GOODEBENING

No creo que le tiene los cojones

el_primo
el_primo

I find the lack of subjuntivo disturbing

Hantal
Hantal

Sounds like wengers ‘red zone’

Iamtheantisp*r
Iamtheantisp*r

Hahahahaha!! Excellent final bit.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

That picture made my whole day. Brilliant

Punter
Punter

Karma

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

Deeney, this is what happens when you run your mouth. Let your feet do the talking next time, and not your forearms. Imbecile.

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

I don’t think Torreira would have been affected by the Watford fans booing but make no mistake about it, every challenge Torreira would have made (and he likes to make them) would have been milked by the Watford players. This coupled with a home support yelling and chanting would have made the officiating more difficult. Of course, we shouldn’t question the integrity of refs but I think there was a danger that things could have been ‘evened out’ and taking Torreira off might have helped in that regard. He’s only just come back from suspension too! Maybe I’m over thinking it, but I thought that’s what Emery might have meant when he said the atmosphere was ‘against’ Torreira.

Scott P
Scott P

Especially when our away form is so bad, I think we’d be remiss to minimize the psychological element of this. If we’re already struggling in a hostile atmosphere and have a good backup option, it makes sense to remove a player that will cause the home fans to crank the hostile-ometer to 11 every time he touches the ball.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Make sure to patent the “hostile-ometer” I’d hate for anyone else to make money from it!

A Different George
A Different George

I actually said that I hoped Emery would take Torreira off. I thought he was constantly being “semi-fouled” (I mean marginal fouls that referees will only sometimes call) and wound up by the Watford players. Given the early red card, I thought the referee was reluctant to call anything against Watford, and extremely reluctant to produce a yellow card–I thought there a half-dozen that could have been shown, including a couple for persistent fouls.

Goonerink
Goonerink

It’s not just that, he was a target for ‘fair’ heavy challenges

Gooner222
Gooner222

Troy Deeney really is desperate to start some kind of rivalry with Arsenal from nowhere 😂 but if it results in red cards, saved penalties and the gunners resting their cojones on a top four spot I’ll take it every year 💪🏼

Jack but
Jack but

Cunt Deneay deserves double red

SB Still
SB Still

After the multiple heart attacks during the game, the 3 points feel and the position in the table feel sweet.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Deeney was my 2nd favourite person on the pitch yesterday. Joint first was the ref and the linesman for making one of rhe best decisions in their lives.

Jez
Jez

I especially love the bit where Deeney says in his interview “I need to watch what I say” before saying everything that’s in his head anyway and then consequently getting bitten in the arse by it time after time.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

That c*nt is now homeless following the terrible fire in Paris.

Geefive
Geefive

Hopefully Deeney ends up where he belongs next year. In the championship with the other Orcs.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Interesting. However, if anyone thinks the crowd response at Watford was tough wait until we get to Napoli. They’re fanatics and our players will be in for a rough time off (and very probably) on the pitch at the SPS on Thursday. Cool heads will be needed by everyone.

Santori
Santori

No issue with Unai subbing off :

1) He looked to me like he was struggling with the game. He wasn’t particularly any more effective than anyone-else. In fact he lost the ball and fouled Thomas on edge of Penalty box leading to one of their better chances off the Capoue free kick subsequent to it.

2) We have to ‘protect’ some players for Napoli. Likely he will start with Granit only recently back from groin duty 50-50.

3) There was also a ‘tactical’ switch as Unai lumped on an added creative in Ozil. whether he added anything consequently is moot but seems to make sense to sacrifice a deep lying mid when a man up (You wouldn’t known it of course). Later Emery had to react to Gracia switching to 4-3-1-1 and targeting our right side (Mhkitaryan). We went back to a flat 4 with AMN. Tactical flexibility and willing to try things sets Unai starkly apart from Wenger.

Jack gunner
Jack gunner

Under Wenger Arsenal bought players below 6ft in height.His thinking
that technical players can trimph in the epl was flawed as time and again
Arsenal were outmuscled by physically imposing player.
Nothing would shake would shake him from his conviction.Even heavy
against his immediate trivals was given short shrift.
Toerreira maybe an aggressive bulldog but would be nomatch for a
mastiff. Hopefully Emery wont repeat the fms errors of overlooking physique
in the English Physical League.