Arsene Wenger admits Santi Cazorla was left dizzy after Tottenham Hotspur's first half display

Santi Cazorla

The spoils were shared in yesterday's North London Derby.

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Santi Cazorla was substituted at half-time against Spurs after complaining of dizziness following a poor showing in the first period.

The Spaniard failed to get a grip on the game and was unable to cope with the energy and dynamism of Tottenham’s midfield trio Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele.

Cazorla’s withdrawal is testament to the excellent displays of the Spurs midfield and given the ages of Alli and Dier – 19 and 21 respectively – the potential is clear to see.

"In the first half Cazorla was not at the races and we suffered,” said Wenger, in quotes published by the London Evening Standard.

"Cazorla was not himself and I took him off at half time because he was dizzy. So we suffered in the middle of the park."

Mathieu Flamini’s introduction in the second period helped the Gunners gain more of a foothold and they began to look threatening despite Tottenham still controlling the bulk of the game.

Arsenal’s pressure eventually told and it was an unlikely figure, in the form of substitute Kieran Gibbs, who got Wenger’s team back on level terms with 13 minutes remaining.

Failure to leave the Emirates with all three points will feel like a missed opportunity for Spurs but that in itself shows the clear progress being made under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

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