Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed the reason behind his bold decision to substitute Mesut Ozil during the second half of Sunday’s clash with Wolves in the Premier League.
The Gunners went into Sunday’s game on the back of a dull 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday which saw them lose Danny Welbeck to a serious ankle injury.
One man who did not feature in the clash with the Portuguese side is Mesut Ozil, but the German midfielder was back in the starting eleven for the home affair against Wolves.
Many have criticized Ozil in the past for not showing enough consistency in his performances to deserve the status of being the highest paid player in the Arsenal squad.
The 30-year-old had a fairly quiet day along with most of the Gunners’ attacking players as Wolves nearly stunned the Emirates stadium with what would have been an unexpected win in north London.
After being rescued by a late goal from substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryn, Unai Emery was asked why Ozil was withdrawn from the game in the second half.
“I decided that we had two players on the bench like Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, attacking players.” the Arsenal manager said
“I wanted two attacking midfielders, so I made the change for this reason.”