Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained that his decision to substitute Alex Iwobi at half-time in the Gunners' 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers was a tactical one.
The Nigeria international made way for Matteo Guendouzi who was brought in to shore up the midfield and stop Wolves from their counter-attacking play.
”Tactically it was a change. I was thinking of having more possession inside,” Emery told reporters post-match.
”We did sometimes good in this situation and we created chances to score.
”But they worked well defensively.”
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr would be delighted that Iwobi came through today's game without a scratch as he is expected to link up with the Nigeria squad at their get-together in Asaba by Tuesday ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
Arsenal are now on 24 points, which is 8 less than Man City who won the derby 3-1 on Sunday evening.
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