After the Tottenham game, Unai Emery made it very clear to both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that sometimes he is not happy with their performances and they need to accept his decisions.
Lacazette was visibly annoyed when he was taken off after 56 minutes. While some of his frustration was no doubt down to his terrible miss just before getting the hook, it’s a reaction we’ve seen from him before. Of course, he wanted to stay out there to help the side.
Similarly, Aubameyang was probably not best pleased to start the game on the bench but he hardly made Emery regret that decision when he was eventually brought on.
Speaking to the media after the game, Emery was as clear as he could be about the situation.
“They need to accept the decision,” Arsenal’s head coach said. “I am finding the best decisions for the team and they are playing other matches.
“Sometimes I am not happy with them both when their performances are not good when they’re both playing, but I am very consistent in our work to take the best decision and to give them the best performance for us, whether they’re playing together or alone.
“For example, next match it is not possible to play both because of the red card in Europe for Lacazette. I can only play Aubameyang.”
Auba finished the game with three shots, two of which were on target although one of those was his awful penalty. Why we let him take it, I still don’t understand.
Lacazette, however, who set up Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal’s goal, only touched the ball seven times more than his replacement.