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Arsene Wenger on the draw, Santi Cazorla's problems and the team's response


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team had a chance to take all three points from the North London derby.

The Gunners struggled with fitness in the first half of the game with midfielder Santi Cazorla clearly struggling to cope with the pace and fighting spirit of the Tottenham midfield.

And Wenger, who revealed that the Spaniard felt dizzy and had to be replaced, says his team showed "great mental resources" to equalise and take one point from the game.

"I think if we were really clinical we would have won it in the last 15 minutes," Wenger explained.

"But if I tried to be fair, I must say that the point is a fair result.

"It was a very intense game with complete commitment from both sides. We suffered in the first half because Cazorla was at 30 per cent of his potential, he was dizzy.

"I was sitting there thinking do I take him off or not? You never know, maybe it will get better. At half-time I took him off, and in the second half we had a bit better balance.

"He is not sick, he was just dizzy and could not move, you could see that on the pitch. I did not really know what he had, so at half-time I took him off, I hope it is nothing bad, but it does not look like it, because he says he is alright now.

"I think mentally we did fight. I cannot say we did not have the right commitment. I was not disappointed. Cazorla is normally the guide in our game.

"The team have shown great mental resources, we refused to give up. Tottenham had a good moment at 1-0 in the second half, where they had one or two good chances in the game. In the end, it is a fair point for both sides."

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