The North London Derby draw was disappointing for Gunners fans to say the least. After dominating for such large periods of the game, they fell behind and had to scramble desperately for an equaliser. But manager Arsene Wenger believes that the result could have been different and says that first-half injuries limited his options and resulted in the dropped points.
Arsenal lost Arteta and Ramsey in the first half itself; both with moderately serious injuries that will see them miss some playing time. Wilshere also suffered a knock that caused him problems and he too had to be taken off after an hour. Thus, Wenger was unable to make any tactical substitutions, instead being compelled to make changes.
It did affect us but we had a go in the second half and were always dominating.
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.
I don’t know [how long Jack will miss] because it’s [the] ankle where he’s already had an injury before. I hope [he won’t be out] for a long time. Mikel and Aaron are out for [Galatasaray and Chelsea] for sure.
Wenger also praised Chamberlain for his goal and said he believed the youngster could get many more.
That’s what you want from him. He’s improving on that front because sometimes he was a bit outside the box.
Now he starts to get in there and I hope that the fact he could score will give him the appetite to get more of that.