“I can’t understand why” – Ian Wright takes issue with pundits’ comments after Arsenal win

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted that he was flabbergasted to hear some pundits being critical of Tottenham’s style of play after they ran out 2-0 winners in the North London derby.

Spurs were at their clinical best in the first half against Arsenal after Son Heung-min and Harry Kane produced two brilliant finishes to cap off two devastating counter-attacks.

Predictably Jose Mourinho’s men were happy to defend deep in the second half and let Arsenal have the ball in non-threatening areas of the pitch.

Unable to break down a stubborn Tottenham defence, Mikel Arteta’s side resorted to putting cross after cross into the Spurs box, which the likes of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweirled had no problems dealing with.

After the game, some pundits including Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp questioned Tottenham’s negative approach to the second half and suggested that Jose Mourinho’s players would not have enjoyed playing that way.

Wright admitted he was taken aback by those remarks and claimed that it was an efficient performance from the Lilywhites on the day.

The former Arsenal striker said in Wrighty’s House podcast: “It’s pundits saying ‘I’m not sure Tottenham fans will be happy with the way they’re playing’ and I’m thinking to myself the way they played against Arsenal the other day, what they did against Manchester United, how they beat West Brom and how they stayed in the game.

“I can’t understand why the pundits are saying ‘they’re not going to be happy with the way that they are playing and it’s a good thing that fans are not in there’.”

“You look at the way Arsenal played and pass the ball around and got nowhere. Tottenham, it was just like a possum. It was efficient, clinical. They killed us.”

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