ARSENAL boss Unai Emery hit out at Wales boss Ryan Giggs after being forced to substitute Aaron Ramsey during the win against Newcastle.
Ramsey, who played the full 90 minutes of both of Wales’ UEFA Nations League fixtures during the international break, asked to be taken off in the 80th minute at St James’ Park.
Emery revealed in his post-match press conference that the 27-year-old was not injured but could not the last the distance.
“He played with the national team too much, today he played 80 minutes and he asked to change,” the Arsenal head coach said.
“It was not a big problem, but he was tired to continue. I think it’s no problem.”
Ramsey is likely to be rested when Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign at home to Ukrainian side Vorskla on Thursday (8pm).
Emery is expected to ring the changes, with summer signing Bernd Leno expected to make his debut between the sticks.
He said: “Yes, normally we are going to change and use a lot of players for different competitions.
“But I am only thinking about the best performance for Thursday. Every competition for me I have respect for and want to do the best for.
“Normally I will use a different keeper for this competition, but I’m thinking about the best performance.”
Arsenal’s win at Newcastle made it three Premier League victories on the spin to climb to seventh in the table.
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a free-kick thunderbolt after the half-time break before Mesut Ozil doubled the lead.
Ciaran Clark netted in injury-time to threaten a comeback but Newcastle failed to breach Arsenal’s defence again.
It also meant back-to-back away wins for the Gunners, which they failed to achieve all of last term.
Emery said: “We needed to impose ourselves.”
“One challenge is to have better performances away, to be more competitive, to have a lot of chances to win.
“This way is about consistency, it’s about our demands being very hard. We are happy for two victories away but we need to continue to improve, being more competitive. Today I think that was one important thing the players showed us.”