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Wenger shrugs off criticism and assures all will be well despite injury crisis

It was a double blow for Arsenal last night – an unwelcomed draw followed three key men, star attacker Alexis Sanchez, midfielder Santi Cazorla and central defender Laurent Koscielny included to the ever growing injury list.

Sanchez yet again pulled his hamstring while Koscielny left the field clutching his back and Cazorla apparently damaged knee ligaments.

“Because of all the injuries it was a bad day for us.” admits Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

He also defended his decision to start with the Chile international “But I don’t regret playing Sanchez. Players are there to play, not to be rested. He had tests and we thought he would be all right. He has said he got another kick on his hamstring but I fear that may not be the reality.

However, the Gunners boss mourned the loss of a key member in his squad, “We lost Alexis Sanchez. I do not know how long he will be out but it is a big blow. Sanchez was an important loss today; he pushes defenders back and always is incisive with his dribbling.”

Speaking about Santi Cazorla’s injury he said, “Cazorla also got a kick on the knee which might prove to be a ligament injury and it got worse as the game went on.

“He cannot move at all now. So we will have to assess them all this week. Trust me, we will be all right.”

Wenger also had no other choice but to admit that Norwich deserved the point after coming from behind to earn an important draw thanks to the first goal of this season by Lewis Grabban.

He told reporters: “Norwich were well organised and often had 10 players in their own half and we were not incisive enough to break them down. But the turning point was when we allowed them back into the game just before half time when we were 1-0 up.

The 62-year-old Frenchman was clearly disappointed with last night’s draw, and admitted that his team didn’t show the urge after the break to secure all the three points that would have levelled them with league toppers Manchester City.

“In the second half we looked a little jaded and in the end we had to dig very deep. So I would say it was a fair result.”

 

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