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Wenger hails Gunners fight back in derby draw

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger praised his side’s mental response after coming from a goal behind to draw 1-1 with Tottenham in the north London derby Sunday.

Substitute Kieran Gibbs grabbed a late equaliser after Harry Kane had put Spurs 1-0 up in the first half, with the visitors dominating the majority of the Premier League game at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger admitted his side could not match their rivals in the first half, with Santi Cazorla ‘dizzied’ by the game’s intensity, but after the Gunners’ resurgence, he believes 1-1 was a fair result.

“We were a bit unlucky because Cazorla was not himself in the first half, so I changed him at half-time. He was dizzy and not at the races, so we suffered in the middle of the park .

“Maybe [for the goal] we had not the right timing to play offside, but after that in the second half it was a great mental response and we showed we were determined not to lose.

“I believe 1-1 is a fair result. We had great chances to score. Both sides had chances. Giroud could have kicked it at the end. We had restricted options on the bench because of injuries and that makes the game difficult,” he said.

“I am delighted because we gain two weeks treatment for the 10 players who are not available at the moment, and I hope that after these two weeks we do not lose more, and get some back.


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