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Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE

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Australia coach Graham Arnold is optimistic a squad rotation in the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals against the United Arab Emirates will be successful.

The Socceroos scraped through to the last eight after beating Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties in Al Ain.

However, Arnold was furious with the decision to book Celtic midfielder Rogic which would rule out of the game against UAE in the quarter-finals.

The Aussie boss was adamant the booking was harsh, though he is confident he has enough options and systems to keep UAE guessing on Friday.

“The yellow card was a bit harsh because Tomi had no intent,” Arnold told reporters via FourFourTwo.

“He just had the ball at his feet. These things happen. We have the options and I can change the system if we need to.

“We’ll look at how UAE play, we’ll analyse them and, like I said, we’ve got plenty of options with different systems with these players that we can use.

“I could change play with two strikers, two number nines, we could play with a diamond midfield.

“One good thing is we don’t have to travel. We’re here in Al Ain, they have to travel down here. Our boys are extremely fit and they’ll be able to back up.”