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Europa League: Keown blasts Emery over decisions during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Rennes



Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has criticized Unai Emery’s decision-making, after the club was beaten 3-1 by Rennes on Thursday night.

Keown slammed Emery for his failure to take the right approach, after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off late in the first half.

The Spaniard made a number of baffling decisions after his sending off, moving Henrikh Mkhitaryan to right back and also taking off both Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the second half.

Keown told BT Sport: “It was a total disappointment. Arsenal were ill-disciplined and it’s cost them. There were several decisions for the manager to make and he got them all wrong really.

“There was a real lack of urgency and that ill-discipline has really cost Arsenal tonight.

“I know Emery has got an incredible record in this competition and it’s not over yet but they are going to have to show some real spirit and they really did make it hard for themselves.

“It seemed to me that the decisions Emery made just didn’t work. I don’t know why he took off Aubameyang and tried to play without a striker. As the team with 10 men I thought he would be the man you would want to have on the counter.

“The ill-discipline seems to be creeping into the team and it needs to be sorted. It’s costing them at the moment.”


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