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.