Iwobi Escapes Verbal Hammering From Emery

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BARYSAW, BELARUS - FEBRUARY 14: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal takes on Dmitri Baga of BATE during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between BATE Borisov and Arsenal on February 14, 2019 in Barysaw, Belarus. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal of England attacker, Alex Iwobi has escaped what could have been a verbal whiplash from The Gunners’ boss, Unai Emery, as the Spanish gaffer refused to apportion blame to any of his players over their 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League.

Although many critics are of a view that Iwobi had a paltry game on the night in Belarus and was one of the major culprits in Arsenal’s lame duck outing, Emery insists all his players gave their best.

Emery went on to note that Iwobi and the others did well in the previous match against Huddersfield Town, in the English Premier League, hence his decision to stick with the ‘winning team.’

While that decision obviously backfired, the former Sevilla of Spain handler refused to single out any of his lads on the night for falling short of expectation, as he argued that those who were absent might not have made any difference had they played instead.

Emery went on to stoutly defend his team selection, after starting the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira and Denis Suarez on the bench until the latter stages, with Mesut Ozil not even in the squad.

Iwobi’s coach argued: “Every player is OK to play. Those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that.

“Last week we won and we played with the same players. For me today there was no difference to the performance.

“We deserved to win but didn’t get the result. They were very organised defensively and they found the moment in the game.

“It’s not for one player or another. We can win with every player and lose with the same players.”

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