Arsene Wenger: Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski could have won Arsenal North London derby

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski could have made an impact on the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been reflecting on the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

One of the biggest games in world football, the Gunners were expected to win the Premier League contest played at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Arsenal had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw despite dominating the match from a statistical point of view (69% possession, 16 shots and 15 corners).

After a goalless first half, Nacer Chadli's fourth goal in five league appearances this season gave Spurs the lead early in the second period, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored parity on 74 minutes with a close-range effort.

The final result could have been different for Arsenal, according to manager Wenger, who points out that the injuries picked up by Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere restricted him from making the substitutions he could have.

While Arteta and Ramsey failed to complete the first half, Wilshere had to come off in the second, with the Frenchman now claiming that Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski could have changed the outcome of the match in the final 30 minutes.

'It did affect us but we had a go in the second half and were always dominating', Wenger told Arsenal's official website. 'It restricted the options to put strikers on. I only had one position left. [If] we could have brought Rosicky and Podolski on in the final 30 minutes, it would certainly have made a difference'.

Wenger’s comments are bold, but one cannot say for sure that the two attackers would have made a huge impact on that game.

Rosicky and Podolski would have brought fresh legs onto the pitch and would have given Arsenal more impetus in going forward in the final 30 minutes, but that could have just easily coaxed Tottenham into dropping deeper and going more defensive.

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