Flashback: Piers Morgan angry as Spurs beat Arsenal to Lamela

Erik Lamela

As Arsenal bid to return to the top of the table, a few months ago Tottenham Hotspur made one of their fans feel that impossible.

While one manager in North London appeared to enjoy the summer more than another, it is Andre Villas-Boas who finds himself on the unemployment line this Christmas.

His now former rival Arsene Wenger is bidding for a return to the top of the Premier League table with a win over Chelsea tonight.

Mesut Ozil has been the catalyst behind that, but just days before Arsene Wenger answered his critics by signing him - it had seemed another big money signing would be the game-changer in North London.

Tottenham's record £30m signing of Erik Lamela was supposed to be the one which would make Gareth Bale's impending departure seem like just any other.

It hasn't worked out like that so far. Lamela has made just three Premier League starts, has no goals to his name and one assist. Just yesterday he was subbed off after an hour against Southampton having completed only 17 passes.

With Arsenal having topped the table almost the entire season, and looking to reclaim that heading into Christmas, it's as good a time as ever to look back at the reaction to the time Lamela signed from celebrity Gooner Piers Morgan.

 

While not everybody agreed with Morgan's tone back then, the negativity was one that encapsulated the fanbase, with Arsenal suffering a 1-3 home defeat on the opening day to Aston Villa several days earlier.

Few could have forecast back then what would lie ahead, for Arsenal and for Tottenham.

While it was amazing how Mesut Ozil's signing has galvanised the Gunners, Lamela was supposed to do just that at Tottenham.

With his third start coming against Southampton, it's revealing that now former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas started him just twice in the Premier League.

You wonder if AVB had shown more faith in his own record signing, the 21-year-old would have blossomed, and he would be remaining in a job.

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