Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained his decision to replace Alexandre Lacazette with Aaron Ramsey in the draw against Brighton on Wednesday.
Emery has made some controversial decisions so far in his career as Arsenal’s new manager and on Wednesday that trend certainly continued.
Despite not scoring too many goals in recent weeks, Alexandre Lacazette has displayed a very productive partnership with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the Arsenal attack.
Indeed, the Frenchman played a part in Aubameyang’s beautiful goal early in the game on Wednesday as Arsenal appeared to be heading for a comfortable win.
However, matters became complicated for the Gunners going into half time as Brighton scored an equalizer.
Only a few minutes after the restart, Emery then decided to substitute Alexandre Lacazette from the game as the striker was replaced by Aaron Ramsey.
It was a change which baffled most fans and some have even blamed Emery for the frustrating 1-1 draw, largely due to the withdrawal of Lacazette.
When asked about his reason for substituting the French star, Emery suggested that it was because Ramsey “deserved to play”.
“But I think also that Aaron Ramsey deserved to play, he deserved to take responsibility also because he wants to help us.” the Arsenal boss said after the final whistle.
“I think Aaron Ramsey played a good match today in this moment.”