Ex-Arsenal man praises one Spurs player after display in 2-1 loss to Chelsea

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Dom Le Roy

Ex-Arsenal player, Martin Keown, has praised Erik Lamela for the impact he had on the Tottenham Chelsea game on Saturday afternoon.

The Argentine was not deemed fit enough to start the game, but was sent on by Mourinho with half an hour to go, Spurs trailing Chelsea 2-0 at this point.

Lamela injected some pace, positive drive, close control, and work rate into the Tottenham side, which seemed to act as a catalyst for the same traits from other players.

The winger even forced the late goal that gave the Lilywhites some hope in the London derby, making it 2-1 with just minutes left on the clock.

Lamela ran in behind, collected the ball, and looked to square it to Dele Alli. However, the ball deflected off Rudiger and into the back of the Chelsea net.

Keown went as far to say that Lamela completely changed the game at Stamford Bridge after coming on in the second half.

He said (Match of the Day 22/02/20 at 22:38): “When they made the changes, Dele Alli coming on, Lamela. I thought Lamela completely changed the game,” he told Match of the Day. “He played with conviction, expression. They got lucky, because they deserved that by getting players forward. Suddenly, they switched.”

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