Unai Emery explains why Lucas Torreira was substitued at half-time in Arsenal’s win over Watford Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link122Shares Lucas Torreira was withdrawn at the break against Watford (Getty Images)Unai Emery has confirmed that he took Lucas Torreira off at half-time during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford as a precaution ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Napoli.Torreira was one of the chief protagonists of the first-half at Vicarage Road as he was involved in the incident which saw Troy Deeney dismissed just 11 minutes into the game.The Watford skipper was adjudged to have elbowed the Uruguayan in the face by referee Craig Pawson.Deeney was unimpressed by Torreira’s reaction and had strong words with him before he left the pitch while the home faithful were equally unhappy, booing the 23-year-old’s every touch for the remainder of the half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter the game, Emery admitted that the crowd’s reaction to Torreira played a part in his decision to replace him with Mesut Ozil, but he suggested that he should overcome his injury in time for Arsenal’s trip to Naples.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because after the red card, the atmosphere is against him and 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 [to take him off],’ he told Arsenal’s website.He added: ‘At the end the, doctor said to me that they are okay. Only in the first half with his small injury, Lucas Torreira, but I think it’s small and he can be ready for Thursday physically.‘It was a very physical match today but I think we can respond well and above all the result gives us the opportunity to continue in our way, being consistent in the table.’Arsenal were far from their best at Vicarage Road even after the hosts had been reduced to ten men but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal on ten minutes handed them a crucial win in their quest to finish in the top-four.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement
Press Association Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists he does not have to be so greedy in front of goal when he is surrounded by so many high-quality team-mates. “It is a quality when you are a striker to not always be greedy and when you have a team-mate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him,” he said. “Strikers are judged on their goals but we must also (provide) assists and that is what I try to do: help my team-mates. “It is easy to play with people like Jack (Wilshere), Mesut (Ozil), Santi (Cazorla) or Tomas (Rosicky) – all my offensive team-mates. “We have good relationships on the pitch and when we play one-touch football it is a pleasure. We try to do it in every game and when we succeed it is fantastic.” Giroud scored 17 goals in his first campaign with the Gunners but at this stage of last season he had only three goals as he took a while to settle in. There has been no such issue this time around and the 27-year-old puts that mainly down to improved confidence, although manager Arsene Wenger believes he has become a better player over the last 12 months. “I think technically I had it before, maybe I progressed because we have worked on it a lot in training,” he told arsenal.com. “It is also [down to] confidence. I did well from the start of the season. “I had good preparation with the team – instead of last season when I wasn’t here from the beginning – and I scored early in the pre-season games. “I feel really confident, the boss made me feel good and that is why I feel good and try to improve every day. It is all about confidence I think.” Premier League leaders Arsenal host Liverpool, just two points behind in third, in the match of the weekend. While the Reds have had a full week to prepare after a confident demolition of West Brom last Saturday, Wenger’s players have had to pick themselves up from the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at home to Chelsea. Defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side provides the ideal opportunity to get over that loss. “It is for the league and we need to respond quickly,” he said. “It’s good the game is on Saturday and we can respond to the defeat from Tuesday night.” The France international has scored eight goals this season but has also provided four assists, already more than last year. Giroud dismissed the notion that centre-forwards have to be single-minded to succeed.