After Arsenal performance does Tottenham keeper need to look over his shoulder?

Hugo Lloris

After Steven Mandanda excelled at The Emirates does Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris have cause for concern over his French status.

Marseille had very little positives to take away from the game between themselves and Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday night - but one thing they could take from the game was the performance of their goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

The French number two put in a stunning performance against The Gunners - saving a Mesut Ozil penalty and making other great saves despite being unable to stop either of Jack Wilshere’s efforts on goal.

But overall his performance was met with universal acclaim - in particular in his French homeland.

And it has caused something of a debate over who should wear the number one jersey for France in the future.

Ironically it seems that a performance at The Emirates Stadium could spell the end of a long streak of goalkeeping starts for the number one stopper at Arsenal’s main rivals - Tottenham.

As Mandanda excelled, Hugo Lloris was still licking his wounds after struggling against Manchester City.

And while Lloris may very well be Les Blues captain there is a school of thought that, in a similar way to Joe Hart, he might need a wakeup call.

The difference here is that Mandanda is a top quality goalkeeper - much better than the options England have to pressure Hart, so Lloris really could have his place in the team under threat.

One French journalist, Pierre Menes, has already made it clear that Mandanda at least deserves a chance to take over from the Spurs keeper.

The Marseille stopper, who is set to leave the club next summer after announcing his wish to depart, has been in great form - but not played a competitive game for France since October 2009.

France have a friendly coming up against The Netherlands and another one set to be scheduled - so Mandanda is likely to get his chance in one of these games.

Where he will aim to usurp Lloris in the French sticks.

image: © Stanislav Vedmid

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