Enough is enough: Spurs should give up on Fazio after Arsenal shocker

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The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back was awful again v Arsenal. Will the club now cut their losses on the struggling defender in January?

Despite criticism, Mauricio Pochettino was right to start Federico Fazio against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The Tottenham boss was posing a question of the 28-year-old, setting him a challenge. If he wants his place in the Tottenham side back, he needs to earn it.

The fact Fazio didn't deliver and was yet again poor, despite being given yet another opportunity, is not something you can blame Pochettino for.

In this instance, the Argentine centre-back himself deserves all the blame.

Indeed, after not starting Fazio in the Europa League last week, Pochettino needed to play the defender in the interests of not totally neglecting a member of his squad.

But his performance v Arsenal was dire. There was no pace, no awareness and, considering the fact he was brought to White Hart Lane for this very reason, an abysmal display in the air.

Has that Spurs shocker now put Fazio a big step closer to a January exit - or, if not a departure, simply being frozen out completely?

Prior to the Arsenal clash, the 28-year-old hadn't played a single minute of football all season. During his first minutes, he produced a lacklustre performance when it mattered most: during a north London derby.

That's not something Tottenham fans will take lightly to and it's not something Pochettino will exactly be raving about either.

While Fazio looked way off the pace last season and has fallen well down the pecking order after this summer's transfer business, his display against the Gunners has confirmed the fact he simply isn't good enough. And no longer can anyone say he wasn't given a chance to impress. He's been given plenty since joining Spurs.

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