Santi Cazorla left Arsenal’s North London Derby on Sunday at half-time due to inexplicable “dizziness”.
The thirty year old Spanish international certainly looked the part in the first half, losing possession multiple times and having all he could handle from the Hotspurs midfield. Wenger noticed and wrestled with the decision,
“Cazorla was at 30 percent of his potential. So many times I was sitting there and didn’t know whether to take him off or not. You never know. Maybe he could get better.”
Cazorla came off the pitch at half-time complaining of dizziness, and at no point during the game did he suffer a knock to his head or even a hard challenge situation. He reportedly didn’t go to the hospital or receive medical attention after the game, and Arsene Wenger isn’t concerned that the suspicious condition will linger.
“I didn’t really know what he had so at half time I took him off and I hope it is nothing bad but it doesn’t look like it. He says he’s alright now.”
Whether Wenger’s writing off of Cazorla’s temporary illness is a suave managerial move to quell any panic or genuine insight, there have to be some questions in the air. Cazorla is a healthy, thirty year-old, world-class athlete — a bout of dizziness that overtakes him for forty-five minutes is something that a physio should look into, even if it’s just for the peace of mind.
Cazorla has been half of the rock solid defensive midfield duo for Arsenal in 2015. Few could predict how well he and Francis Coquelin would coordinate as the deep-lying first line of defense, but the move has paid off well.
With a call-up for the Spanish National team on the horizon, the decision of whether Cazorla should represent for his country or take time off to try and sort out this bizarre medical incident is at the forefront of Cazorla, Wenger, and the rest of the Arsenal squad’s mind.