Tottenham endured a miserable afternoon at the Emirates, losing 3-1 and seeing Emerson Royal sent off for a reckless challenge in the second half.
It wasn’t what Tottenham supporters expected. Yet another difficult match to watch at the Emirates headlined by two inexcusable mistakes. Spurs haven’t won at Arsenal since 2010. We’ll have to wait another year for a chance to rectify that 12-year migraine.
Tottenham were overran and dominated, relying too heavily on the prospect of a rare counter. If Spurs are to compete at the top of the table, they’ll need to show more composure and enterprise on the ball.
While Spurs have a lethal counterattack, it’s not enough to trouble the best sides consistently. They have to hold on to the ball more and make life more arduous for elite opponents, particularly away from home.
Here’s the player ratings from another disheartening trip to the Emirates.
Hugo Lloris 3/10
A shocking piece of goalkeeping headlined Hugo Lloris’ day. The Frenchman failed to pounce on a rebound played back by Cristian Romero. The ball slipped under his body, leaving Gabriel Jesus with a tap in.
Eric Dier 4/10
Eric Dier was taken out of the play far too easily on Granit Xhaka’s goal, Arsenal’s third. Dier was caught going the other way and couldn’t shift back in time, providing Xhaka with ample time to whip it past Lloris.
Cristian Romero 4/10
Cristian Romero was his usual rough-and-tumble self, taking no prisoners with his old school, no-nonsense brand of tackling. However, he was unable to stay with Gabriel Martinelli as the Arsenal forward darted across the box. That led to Xhaka taking over and dispatching the home side’s third. He was also in the mix on the Gunners’ second, touching it back to Lloris, who let the ball slip under his body.
Clement Lenglet 5/10
The Frenchman looked confident and kept Bukayo Saka under wraps for the most part in the first half. He was probably the best of Spurs’ defenders, albeit marginally.