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Emery explains Arsenal selection

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: James McArthur of Crystal Palace (18) celebrates as he scores his team's third goal past Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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The Arsenal coach decided to make seven changes to the team that defeated Napoli in the UEFA Europa League last Thursday.

Arsenal was defeated by Crystal Palace 3-2 in tonight’s English Premier League fixture.

Gunners coach Unai Emery made seven changes to the team that defeated Italian Serie A side Napoli on Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match.

And after the game, the manager explained why he made all those changes.

“We changed because we are going to play a lot of matches,” he said to the club’s official website.

“We have had some injuries, like with Aaron Ramsey, and we need to protect the players. For example, Xhaka asked to change in the second half against Napoli and today could’ve played, but with some risk.”

“We need to protect our players and to us other players. We are playing with a lot of players and they give us the performance, we lost today but we could also have lost with other players on the pitch,” he added.

“We can speak about players individually, but sometimes they can play very well, sometimes cannot play well. But I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season.”

“I think we are, every player, helping and every player is playing with a big performance and today also, when you can defend against a player like Benteke or Zaha, you can suffer more than maybe in other situations,” he concluded.