Arsenal dealt major blow as £100m summer signing Declan Rice is taken off at half time of north London derby against Tottenham with a calf injury

  • Declan Rice was replaced at half time in the north London derby
  • He was spotted with a bandage on his left calf at the start of the second half
  • His replacement Jorginho then made a crucial error for Tottenham’s second goal 

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice was taken off at half time in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham with a left calf injury.

The £100m summer signing has started every game this season, but Mikel Arteta was forced to replace his key man at the interval.

Jorginho came on for Rice, who was seen with a bandage on his left calf as he took his place on the bench at the start of the second half.

Rice was on the pitch for a pulsating first half that saw Arsenal take the lead after Bukayo Saka’s shot was diverted into his own net by Cristian Romero.

Tottenham his back before the break, though, with Son Heung-min drawing his side level after fine work by James Maddison.

Declan Rice was forced off at half time after picking up a calf injury in the north London derby

Jorginho (centre) replaced Rice, and made an error in the build-up to Tottenham's second goal

Jorginho (centre) replaced Rice, and made an error in the build-up to Tottenham’s second goal

The Gunners restored their advantage in the early stages of the second half as Saka scored from the spot following a Romero handball, but their lead did not last long.

Jorginho, still settling into the game after replacing Rice, was robbed of possession by Maddison, who kept his composure to slide the ball through to Son.

The Spurs captain made no mistake as he calmly stroked his effort past Raya to make it 2-2. 

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