Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Unai Emery Reveals Why Iwobi Was Replaced At Half-Time
Alex Iwobi was in the starting lineup for Arsenal in Sunday’s English Premier League game against Wolves.
But the Nigerian did not return to the pitch with the rest of the team after the break, in a tie that ended 1-1.
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery revealed that his decision to replace the Super Eagles forward was for tactical reasons.
Iwobi was among the substitutes as Arsenal drew with Liverpool last weekend but the 22-year-old was picked over Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Emery’s starting XI against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at the Emirates.
However, Iwobi was only on the field for 45 minutes as Emery replaced the Nigerian with youngster, Matteo Guendouzi for the second half.
The match ended in a draw as Mkhitaryan found a late equalizer for the Gunners and Emery explained his decision to substitute Iwobi after the final whistle.
“Tactically it was a change. I was thinking of having more possession inside,” the Spaniard said.
Emery was impressed with the reaction of his players in the second half after going behind to an early Wolves goal.
He explained: “We spoke about how it was difficult to break their lines defensively and their transition was very good.”
Iwobi will now head to the Super Eagles camp for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations return leg clash against South Africa.
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