Five things we learned from Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

We certainly learned a lot from the most recent North London Derby, unfortunately, Tottenham found themselves on the wrong side of a tough defeat a the hands of Arsenal

Spurs went behind after an Aubameyang pen early on, but two goals in as many minutes sent them into half time at 2-1.

That’s when things went wrong for Tottenham, as their legs tired and Arsenal ended up running away with a 4-2 win.

Here are five things we learned from the North London Derby.

Tottenham were tired
Tottenham Hotspur were leggy to say the least in the second half of the NLD. As soon as Emery subbed on Lacazette and Ramsey, the Tottenham players were dragged around all over the place and simply couldn’t keep up with the pace.

Spurs had already played two high-intensity games this week, winning 3-0 against Chelsea and 1-0 against Inter Milan.

Asking the same team to go and win comfortably was a big ask, but at 2-1 up fans will be gutted not to come away with anything.

Mauricio Pochettino

Poch left it too long
Emery saw his team struggling at half time and made two keys subs that flipped the tie on its head.

Lacazette and Ramsey came on to completely boss the match, and perhaps without them Arsenal would not have won the game.

Unfortunately, Pochettino didn’t seize the same initiative, with Arsenal making three subs and retaking the lead before he finally made a change.

Spurs looked tired, and the midfield needed some fresh legs, but they came all too late.

Eric Dier

We had it in us to win
It was probably a big ask for Tottenham to come in and win this game comfortably, but they almost got something out the NLD today.

At half time Poch’s side were 2-1 up and the game was looking pretty even.

I believe that if they subs were made between 45 and 60 minutes, Spurs would have had a great chance to see the game out for at least a draw.

Pretty dire defensively today, but there were positives to take going forward.

Dele Son

Top four will be a fight
Perhaps last week’s win against Chelsea have the false impression that Spurs were now nailed on for the top four, but the race is far from over.

It will likely be a fight to the death between Arsenal, Spurs, and Chelsea, something Tottenham will be desperate to win to get Champions League in their new stadium next year.

This is only a knock back for Spurs though, and they need to come back strong and continue their good form into the Christmas period.

Jan wasn’t ready
Asking Jan to play 90 minutes midweek was one thing, but putting him into the high-intensity of a North London derby was too much.

Not only this but he was also asked to play alongside a young and inexperienced Juan Foyth, someone he would usually have to take under his wing.

Strange choice for Poch not to pick Alderweireld today.

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    • What is the point in qualifying for the CL if we complain about being tired after midweek games?

      Admittedly, Spurs are not the only team claiming this over the years.

      Over the next 30 days, we have 10 games scheduled including a rematch against the Arsenholers in the Carabao Cup as well as Barcelona over there. These players (especially for what they are paid) NEED to get used to it. Having said that, the top teams (especially with long cup runs and internationals) are just playing way too often and way too much.

  1. Is it inconceivable that Poch was sending another message to Tight Levy by his team selection picking Foyth over Toby? basically saying if we let Toby go this is what we are left with? why else would he put Foyth in ahead of Toby in a game of that magnitude that was basically a 6 pointer for top 4? Levy needs to back Poch or i can see even him walking in the end! we get so close to where we want to be and then Levy blocks any hope of progression by being so tight! we need new owners!

  2. absolutely gutted.verts,not yet match fit alongside inexperienced foyth,eriksen not fully fit too.lot of fatigue.for harry .too many games for him.bad decision to leave out toby


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