Arsene Wenger claims that Olivier Giroud was “very angry” after missing three gilt-edged chances in the north London derby; he probably wasn’t as angry as the Arsenal fans watching.
The Gunners boss also revealed after the frenetic 1-1 draw that Santi Cazorla was feeling “dizzy” before his removal at half-time, which could at least partly explain how he was bullied by Tottenham’s more physical midfielders.
Kieran Gibbs finally claimed an unlikely equaliser but only after Giroud had fluffed several headers.
“Giroud is very angry,” Wenger said. “When you see a player who is happy to miss chances, you can worry. He wanted too much to score, especially the opportunity he had in the six-yard box. But a miss like that can happen. I accept that.”
Wenger admitted that Arsenal had a very poor opening 45 minutes and claimed: “We suffered in the first half, as Cazorla was at only 30% of his potential. He was dizzy and so many times, I didn’t know whether to take him off or not. He was not sick, just dizzy and he could not move.
“I didn’t know what he had so at half-time I took him off. I hope it is nothing bad. He says he is all right now. He has not gone to hospital. Cazorla is usually the guide in our game and he didn’t get the ball. Tottenham is a good side and, when you play with one guy less and you have to make the game, it’s difficult.
“We showed great mental resources and we refused to give up. Tottenham had a good moment in the second half at 1-0 when they had one or two good chances and Cech kept us in the game. When you are 1-0 down it’s a mixture of relief and regret because, if we were really clinical, we would have won it in the last 15 minutes.
“Giroud had the chances but, if I try to be fair, I must say that the point is maybe a fair result.”