Unai Emery claims that Aaron Ramsey insisted on playing when he should have rested before he picked up the injury that ruled him out of Arsenal’s Europa League final against Chelsea.
The Welshman sustained his injury in the Gunners’ Europa League quarter-final win over Napoli and will sit out the clash against the Blues.
And Emery has suggested that Ramsey may have been fit for the final if he had taken his advice to rest.
“Now we can speak about that,” said Emery.
“Sometimes you cannot play every match with the same players because some players can be a risk for injury. When he was playing against Napoli, he was injured.
“The Monday before we played Watford, we won 1-0, and I prefer he didn’t play. I spoke with him. ‘Aaron, we are playing a lot of matches now. I think you need to rest one match.’
“[He said]: ‘No, no, coach, I want to play, I want to play, I want to play, I want play, it is very important for me, it is very important for the team, I want to play.’
“‘OK. Play.’ And we won. After, Napoli. ‘You OK?’ ‘Coach, I can, I can, I can.’ And this is the process with him I had.”