Mikel Arteta has confirmed he subbed off Willian at half-time during Arsenal’s draw with Leeds United due to an harm concern.
The Gunners had been lucky to depart Elland Road with a degree on Sunday as Leeds failed to interrupt down 10-man Arsenal regardless of hitting the woodwork 3 times.
Arsenal had been on the again publish for many of the match, however notably discovered themselves up towards it after report signing Nicolas Pepe was despatched off for violent conduct within the second half.
Brazil worldwide Willian began the Premier League fixture however didn’t make a lot of an affect earlier than being changed by Reiss Nelson at half-time.
Asked why Willian made manner at the interval, Gunners boss Arteta mentioned: ‘He was feeling something muscular and we had to take him off.’
Shortly after the second half started, Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville – commentating on the match for Sky Sports – mentioned: ‘Well, Willian was down below us in the first half, he didn’t look himself.
‘I mean, they put a lot of pressure on going forwards Leeds and make you do a lot of running and he just looked a little bit short today the Brazilian.’
Asked whether or not his subdued efficiency may very well be a results of journey weariness, Neville added: ‘Yeah I feel so.
‘Didn’t see any harm earlier than half-time. Maybe it’s nearly some recent legs with Reece Nelson’s introduction.’
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, in the meantime, admitted he had ‘mixed feelings’ after the goalless draw, with leaves the Gunners 11th within the Premier League.
He mentioned: ‘I feel that idea that you’re joyful with a draw doesn’t resonate with myself. My team-mates are the identical. We go for the win.
‘We confirmed perception in defending our aim. They had probabilities however with yet another man they had been all the time going to come back.
‘We need to find ourselves not in that situation. We need to take the positive that we fought. But no, I’m not joyful with a degree.
‘They are nicely coached and courageous. They make issues occur. We knew what we needed to forestall. In the primary half at occasions we fid that nicely.
‘They collapsed at the back and we pressed high. But sometimes in the game the other team will get on top of us. That was for 60 minutes.’
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