Former Tottenham player Garth Crooks has said that Unai Emery should have taken David Luiz off before Mohamed Salah’s second goal against Arsenal on Saturday.
As such, he couldn’t put up much of a challenge when the 26-year-old picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch around ten minutes later. Salah therefore ended up clean through on goal, and made no mistake to put the Reds 3-0 up.
And Crooks believes that Emery should have removed the 32-year-old from the field of play beforehand. He said:
“Under normal circumstances Luiz would have taken Salah out but the Brazil international had already been booked. Which begs the question, why didn’t Unai Emery take him off and replace him with Sead Kolasinac or Calum Chambers? At 3-0 the game is over.”
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Crooks has a point here. Against Liverpool’s wingers, it is difficult enough to stop them under normal circumstances, let alone when you need to be careful in the tackle. Luiz was silly to give away the penalty, but he did the right thing by not fouling Salah before his solo finish. It could have been even worse than 3-1 with 10 men.
With Callum Chambers on the bench, Emery should have used common sense and removed the former Chelsea defender from the field of play. Chambers would have least have been able to take his opponent down, which would have kept the score at 2-0 and given the Gunners an albeit slim chance of a comeback.
Centre-backs aren’t usually the ones being hooked off and perhaps the experience would have knocked Luiz’s confidence, but Emery should have been proactive and given his defence a better chance against one of the most frightening attacks in the world.