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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he took Lucas Torreira off in Arsenal’s win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
The Spanish midfielder revealed the midfielder was tired having covered more grounds and was substituted 79th minute and replaced with Matteo Guendouzi.
A second-half-goal from a striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured victory for Emery’s side at the Vitality Stadium.
Emery said he substituted Torreira because the midfielder needed to rest after playing two games for his country during the last international break.
The Spaniard, however, praised the Uruguay international for giving the Gunners balance against the hosts.
Speaking on why he substituted Torreira, Emery was quoted by Metro UK as saying: “He was giving us good balance, but also we need to be clever with the player because he played with his national team two matches.”
Emery added: “We thought about how we can be better in the match today, with a very demanding match physically with their intensity against us and we came to that decision.
“But every player is important. Also today we tried with three centre-backs. It’s another opportunity to improve and find our best performance.
“The result is very important. We spoke in the dressing room at half-time, the process is our mentality The result is very important.”
Emery’s men will tackle Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday in the Premier League fixture.
Torreira represented his country twice during the international break, with the most recent appearance coming against France on Tuesday. The 22-year-old played 74 minutes at the Stade De France and would have had little time to recover before the Bournemouth clash.