A double from Mathieu Flamini saw the Gunners win 2-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday night, with a Calum Chambers own goal the reply for Spurs.
It was a huge risk to go with an untried central defence
The defence, a strong part of the Spurs side this season, looking particularly vulnerable in the middle of the back four. Federico Fazio had a shocker, and wouldn’t have done much for Kevin Wimmer’s confidence as the Austrian made just his second appearance. A much better decision would have been to pair the new arrival with one of the two Belgians. For Fazio, it's hard to see a future for him at Spurs given the stick he was getting from some of the crowd.
Tottenham’s passing wasn’t good enough in the first half
For much of the match, Spurs were pumping balls forward towards Harry Kane, but the quality of those passes, as well as the decision to seek them so regularly was baffling with Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal defence. Spurs were obviously frustrated once they went 1-0 down, and they were so much better in the second half. However, once the Gunners retook the lead, the home side again looked a little desperate.
Danny Rose was one of the real plus points
Undoubtedly, the best performer for Tottenham was the left-back, who has seen his first-team spot go to Ben Davies in recent Premier League games. He offered so much going forward in the first half, and was full of energy and determination when defending. Though his Welsh rival for the number three spot has done well in matches, Rose proved again that he is the best fullback at the club.
Tom Carroll struggled throughout
The young midfielder was unable to get involved in the game much, especially as the more naturally attacking attacking of the midfield two. For much of the game, Carroll sat deep unable to make much use of his passing, and he was guilty of failing to track Mathieu Flamini as the Frenchman, unbelievably, scored both Arsenal goals. This was a big chance for the Spurs graduate, and he didn't make the grade.
Harry Kane showed his class - even though he failed to score again
Though he too flitted in and out of the game, especially in the first half, Kane was much more involved in the second period. The striker finished one attempt clinically only to see that ruled offside, but he took confidence from that and was continuing to get on the ball and hassle defenders. Was hugely unlucky not to score with a sensational overhead kick that flew past David Ospina, only to see it cleared off the line by Kieran Gibbs - just! Even though it will have been another frustrating night for the 22-year-old, that effort alone proved he his worth persevering with.