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Why was Nacho Monreal replaced against Qarabag?


Nacho Monreal captained us in Baku on Thursday night, but was replaced at half-time against Qarabag.

So, how come the defender was withdrawn? Here’s Unai Emery with the explanation. 

on Iwobi’s performance, why Monreal was substituted and the players that stayed behind…
No, first I changed Monreal because we wanted to play with a back four in the second half. Also, we needed to put one midfielder more on the pitch. Secondly, Aubameyang and Aaron are in London and we will look tomorrow and Saturday to see how they are for Sunday to see if they can play. For us, each match is very important to show us and for them to take responsibility, take confidence and take rhythm. Each match is one exam for them. I am very happy with how they are responding on the pitch. Alex Iwobi is another player who is the same. When we arrive on the match at Sunday against Fulham, it’s also very important that we decide the best first eleven and the players on the bench for continuing together in this way, away at a very good and difficult team like Fulham.


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