Unai Emery explains why he subbed off Mesut Ozil during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool

Unai Emery has explained why he subbed off Mesut Ozil during Arsenal’s Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool.

Ozil was offered a first start in over a month at Anfield on Wednesday night and impressed for the Gunners, playing a crucial role in two of Arsenal’s five goals.

Unai Emery explains why he subbed off Mesut Ozil during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool

Arsenal fans reacted badly to his 65th-minute substitution but Emery says it was decided before the match that he would be replaced as the club were wary of Ozil becoming fatigued.

The match finished 5-5 after 90 minutes and Liverpool scored their five penalties to knock Arsenal out and progress to the quarter-finals.

Asked about Ozil’s performance and surprising substitution, Emery said: ‘He played very well. He used his skills to help the team and was always positive.

‘But when two teams concede five goals you can’t always be happy but playing a game like that could be good.’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, who made 11 changes from the side that beat Tottenham in the Premier League last weekend, said:

‘I was convinced we could give them a proper game. ‘Going into half-time we were hoping to keep it at 3-1 but we scored again. I enjoyed each second of the game and it was a special night.’

SOURCE: METRO.CO.UK

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