Arsene Wenger explains Santi Cazorla substitution in Arsenal v Tottenham
Arsene Wenger reveals that Santi Cazorla was struggling with dizziness in the first half of Arsenal's draw with Tottenham
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he had no choice but to substitute Santi Cazorla at half-time during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur as the Spanish playmaker was “not himself” and was feeling “dizzy”.
The Spaniard, who has been in such fine form for the north London side in recent weeks, looked to be struggling to keep up with the pace of the game as Harry Kane fired Tottenham into the lead in the 32nd minute at Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal boss opted to replace Cazorla with Mathieu Flamini at half-time and explained his decision to make the substitution after the game.
Wenger told Sky Sports: “Cazorla in the first half was not himself. I took him off at half-time because he was dizzy so we suffered in the middle of the park.”
He later added in his news conference: “He is not sick. I don’t know what it is. He is alright now.”
Kieran Gibbs came off the bench to net a 77th-minute equaliser and earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw as he bundled home Mesut Ozil’s cross.
The result left the Gunners level on points with leaders Manchester City at the top of the table after the Citizens drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace.