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Shearer: Emery's tactical switch won the derby

3 Dec 2018
Unai Emery, Arsenal

PL Champion names the Arsenal head coach in his team of Matchweek 14

Unai Emery passed the test of his north London derby debut with flying colours, says Alan Shearer.

With Arsenal trailing 2-1 at half-time, the Arsenal head coach replaced Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.

Emery saw his changes work wonders as Arsenal fought back, with Ramsey providing assists to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette in the 4-2 win.

"His half-time substitutions changed the match," said Shearer, of Spaniard, whom he named as his manager of the week. 

Alan Shearer's Team of the Week
Alisson (LIV) | LIV 1-0 EVE

The Liverpool goalkeeper’s superb save from Andre Gomes was game-changing, giving him a clean sheet and eventually his side victory.

Joe Gomez (LIV) | LIV 1-0 EVE

His goalline clearance after Alisson’s save was brilliant and meant that Divock Origi’s late goal became a winner for Liverpool.

Issa Diop (WHU) | NEW 0-3 WHU

I was at St James’ Park and was impressed again by West Ham’s summer signing. He never gave a Newcastle United player a kick.

Yerry Mina (EVE) | LIV 1-0 EVE

The Colombian was solid all afternoon at the heart of Everton’s defence and was unlucky to leave Anfield without a point.

Seamus Coleman (EVE) | LIV 1-0 EVE 

After the injury he had, just to play again is an achievement and Coleman didn’t deserve to be on the losing side at Anfield. He defended brilliantly for Everton.

Lucas Torreira (ARS) | ARS 4-2 TOT

Man of the match in the north London derby, Torreira bossed the midfield as his superb season goes on. He is exactly what Arsenal have needed for a long time.

James Maddison (LEI) | LEI 2-0 WAT

He scored a fantastic goal, making up for the red card at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Ben Chilwell (LEI) | LEI 2-0 WAT

The Leicester City player is having a wonderful season and played his part in Watford not managing a single shot on target.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) | MCI 3-1 BOU

Another superb performance from the Manchester City attack. Week-in, week-out he delivers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) | ARS 4-2 TOT

His last 10 shots on target have resulted in 10 goals. The Arsenal forward is on fire and his second against Spurs was sensational.

Leroy Sane (MCI) | MCI 3-1 BOU

Him and Sterling are electric at the minute and no one can stop them, or Man City.

Manager: Unai Emery (ARS) |  ARS 4-2 TOT

A first north London derby for the Arsenal head coach and a deserved win. His half-time substitutions changed the match.

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