In many occasions, Mikel Arteta has been substituting Alexander Lacazette with his counterpart Eddie Nketiah. Unfortunately, he unexpectedly brought in Nketiah for Smith Rowe in the Burnley game that ended up goalless despite how dangerous Emile looked in the final third. But why would the Gunners boss make such controversial decisions?
A lot of fans would not be as considerate with the health and fitness of the players as is the head-coach. According to the medical reports that have been conducted lately, Emile has not been fully fit ever since he sustained a right grown injury in the course of December. This has been the major reason why Mikel prefers playing the young gunner from the bench in most of the previous matches.
The fact that the midfielder just returned to full training prior to the second leg match of the Carabao Cup Semi-final against Liverpool last week, can arguably means he has not fully restored his fitness. Therefore, Arteta considers substituting out Emile Smith Rowe for Nketiah as the process of helping the player recover quickly. Also, the manager would not love to expose his players to long-term injuries that can arise when he overplays unfit profiles.
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