Wenger has revealed the reason why Arsenal lost two valuable points against Tottenham.
The Gunners were outplayed in all ramifications in the first half of the game, where players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Oliver Giroud got crucial decisions wrongly. The Spurs players took on us, winning most of the second balls, while asking Petr Cech some crucial questions.
Save for the team sheet, I would not have known that Hugo Lloris was the opposition goalkeeper, since the Tottenham players pushed us backwards despite our high defensive line.
Much was heaped on the players’ fatigue, having played three top games within a week. However, the manager feels we were “unlucky” but blames the draw on Cazorla’s fitness.
“It was a very intense game. We have been unlucky as in the first half we played without Santi Cazorla at his full power. We suffered in the middle of the park as he is the guide in our game and he couldn’t even pass the ball so I took him off.
In the second half, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, and Kieran Gibbs were brought on, and they added the much needed energy, turning the game on its head.
“In the second half we balanced it back and I think we showed great mental resources at some points even though at some stage we were at the rupture point. We did not give up and continued to fight and in the end we got a point. I think even we could have got the three but overall the result is fair.
“We were stronger in the challenges and from then on it was a bit more difficult for them. On set pieces, crosses and free kicks, we created opportunities.