Tim Sherwood has claimed that Arsenal’s struggles against Brighton on Saturday demonstrated how poor Tottenham were in the North London derby last weekend.
Mikel Arteta’s side easily brushed Spurs aside at the Emirates last Sunday after racing into a 3-0 lead in a little over 30 minutes.
While Spurs gave a better account of themselves in the second half and scored a late consolation through Son Heung-min, they never really looked like getting back into the game.
The result meant that the Gunners leapfrogged their arch-rivals in the Premier League table but that did not last for long as Arteta’s men only came away with a point from the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Tottenham then dispatched an in-form Aston Villa side on Sunday to climb back up the table once again and Nuno will be hoping the team can build on the win, which came after three straight losses in the Premier League.
Sherwood believes that Arsenal’s poor display against Brighton is a damning indictment on Spurs’ performance at the Emirates.
The former Tottenham interim boss told Premier League Productions (02/10/21 at 7:45 pm): “It looked like that was after the Lord Mayor’s Show. That was the big game (Tottenham). Now, we are back to the boring business and it looked boring.
“I came into this game thinking ‘they have a nice balance about their team’. Out of possession, they looked good last week. But Tottenham were so poor and it just highlights how poor Tottenham were last week.
“They need to be more flexible in how they play. They are hell-bent on playing out from the back – they (Brighton) mix it up. They know when to play through and they know when to go long. Arsenal have no clue when to go long.”
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The Arsenal players certainly seemed to be more up for the derby than our players were and it was to be expected that they would play well against us, especially with a boisterous crowd behind them. However, I do not believe that result was an indication of the quality of the two sides. In fact, I still expect us to finish above them for the sixth season in a row.
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