Unai Emery says he took the advice of the Arsenal medical staff when it came to Aaron Ramsey’s participation in the 1-0 defeat to Everton.
The Welshman was brought on at half-time with many wondering why an in-form player hadn’t started the game, but having been taken off on Monday night during the win over Newcastle, the manager was erring on the side of caution.
Ramsey has had plenty of muscular injuries down the years, and with a groin strain to contend with, aggravating it runs the risk of ending his season at a time when we really need him.
Of course, the 28 year old declared himself ready to play, but Emery chose to listen to his staff when picking the team.
“It was his idea to play but we spoke with the doctor and we had a doubt over him playing 90 minutes,” he said.
“We decided for him not to start, then after we needed him to come on.”
Given the overall performance, it’s difficult to know if him starting would have made that much difference, and Emery is hopeful his team can respond following the disappointing result.
“We are thinking about our match on Thursday and the Premier League game against Watford away,” he continued.
“We need to be consistent in the next matches and if we do that we can win. There’s some frustration collectively with the result, but we won’t change our idea and our work.”