UNAI EMERY proved one thing with the brilliant decision he made for Arsenal against Tottenham.
Those are the thoughts of BBC Sports pundit Alan Shearer, who was thoroughly impressed with Arsenal’s display at the Emirates yesterday where they beat Tottenham 4-2.
Emery made a double substitution at half-time, bringing off Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey coming on in their places in order to inject some energy into the side.
And it produced the desired effect with Lacazette getting on the scoresheet.
Shearer thinks the changes showed how wily Emery is as a manager and admired the Spanish tactician’s brave approach.
“He did it brilliantly at half-time,” Shearer said on discussing the changes Emery made.
“Mkhitaryan and Iwobi were ineffective in the first half,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“He brought Ramsey and Lacazette on and what these two players did was they made the pitch bigger.
“They stretched Tottenham out and they played Ramsey in the No 10 role.
“They invited him to run in behind the two centre halves.
“Lacazette and Ramsey both did that.”
Shearer’s fellow pundit, Ian Wright, thinks Emery has given his old club more intensity.
He said: “He’s got a very meticulous approach, a very ruthless approach.
“He did it brilliantly at half-time. Mkhitaryan and Iwobi were ineffective in the first half” Alan Shearer
“We’ve seen he’s not afraid to make the changes.
“What he’s given Arsenal back now is that intensity.
“We got it back today.”