Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has admitted that he is concerned that Tottenham Hotspur could look to exploit their weakness at left-back.
Arsenal’s first-choice left back Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury that required surgery and has seen his place in the side filled by Nuno Tavares.
Parlour claimed that the 22-year-old is not the best when it comes to defending and could see Spurs look to focus their attacks down the left flank which could see the Portuguese come up against Dejan Kulusevski.
Kulusevski has impressed following his arrival at Tottenham from Juventus in January, having provided eight assists and three goals in sixteen outings in all competitions (transfermarkt).
He told talkSPORT (6 May, 9.50 am): “I worry about the full-back areas.
“Tierney is brilliant if he stays fit. He’s been injured quite often in an Arsenal shirt. Defensively, he’s (Tavares) is not the best if I’m being honest. He’s got to improve on that.
“He’s better in a three at the back, when he plays wing-back. But he’s vulnerable at left-back. And I’m sure Spurs will be saying; ‘Well OK, let’s play down the left-hand side and Tavares.’ They might get a bit of joy down that side when they play them next Thursday.”
The battle down either flank could prove to be a deciding factor in the north London derby with Spurs also without Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon for the match.
Emerson Royal and Ryan Sessegnon will need to prove their worth if Spurs want to secure fourth place in the final few matches.
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