The autopsy of Arsenal's victory over Tottenham at the Emirates continues, and this Tottenham fan has some interesting insights:
'Tottenham's new boys clearly have a learning curve ahead of them, however we have to accept that we got taken apart at the Emirates exactly as we did last year - and the year before that.
Our left back and centre back positions have been a problem for some time - the prime example being Arsenal's goal. Rose got caught dreaming and Dawson lost Giroud. It happens all the time. Dawson must be dropped. He's got a big heart, but panics all the time. He doesn't organise the defence, hence Capoue was often standing between Dawson and Vertonghen.
How many times does Lloris save Dawson's bacon each week ? Dawson doesn't suit the high line, as he doesn't read the game well; he's re-active rather than pro-active.
Also, running the line isn't Chadli's game. No one supported him inside to allow direct running at the Arsenal central defence.
Paulinho was also guilty of favouring the right hand side of the park to pass into - remember, keeping wingers out wide is every team's defensive objective. Townsend, Rose and Walker played right into Arsenal's hands. Why hit high crosses to a 5 foot odd single striker ?
The major issue, though is, Sandro. He has to start. AVB screwed up leaving him on the bench. When he came on, Sandro's fighting spirit and experience made a huge difference. From this game two names need to go onto the team sheet first each week - Lloris and Sandro. And why was Kaboul not on the bench ? He should start ahead of Dawson every time. In my view, we could of won this game with better team selection.
Last point is we don't have a captain. A leader to guide the game when the going gets tough. It would have made all the difference to the new guys.
If some of these issue gets fixed, however, and when the likes of Kaboul, Chiriches, Lamela and Eriksen get up to speed, the future really does look bright.
And Arsenal parked the bus on Sunday, effectively utilizing 6 full backs. How often do you see that ? Quite a bit of respect there for a Spurs team that has had little time together'.
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