After not playing a single minute all season before the Arsenal clash, Federico Fazio was given a chance to shine. This was a show of faith of sorts from Mauricio Pochettino. The Tottenham boss was essentially giving the Argentine the opportunity to earn back his first-team place.
There was not much in the way of a response, though. Fazio was as poor as he has been since moving to White Hart Lane and, if this is the best he can muster, it looks as though he just doesn't want to be at the club anymore.
The debate about Kyle Walker's place in the Spurs side is over, if this performance is anything to go by. Kieran Trippier was poor against Arsenal and, despite showing promise in pre-season, looks well placed in reserve or on the bench for Pochettino's side.
Like Fazio, the 25-year-old can cling on to the excuse that he is short of match fitness. For both, that may well be true. But they still didn't show anywhere near enough against Arsenal, even though there were several encouraging performances from the Tottenham side on the whole.
When Michel Vorm was brought to Spurs from Swansea City, the hope was the Dutchman could become an able deputy to Hugo Lloris.
Game after game, though, Vorm has proven no such thing. Last season, his individual error cost Tottenham a place in the FA Cup against Leicester City. Here, he was culpable again as a mediocre goalkeeping performance simply wasn't good enough against a side like Arsenal.
The north London side were let down by a handful of individuals against the Gunners and the likes of Fazio and Vorm in particular didn't seem to realise just how important the north London derby is for Spurs. Maybe that's a sign they shouldn't play in one gain.