Garth Crooks picks Tottenham duo in team of the week

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen earned the BBC pundit’s praise.

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has earmarked Tottenham duo Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen for praise, picking the pair in his Premier League team of the week after Spurs drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men took the lead against Arsenal in the North London derby through Harry Kane’s strike, but Kieran Gibbs equalised for the hosts.

It was a confident and bold performances from Spurs, suggesting that the White Hart Lane squad are taking the Argentine trainer’s footballing ideals on board and are well-placed to finish in the top four this season.

Crooks called Dembele ‘brilliant’ after his showing in the number ten role for Spurs.

“What a performance by Dembele - I thought he was brilliant against Arsenal,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“He looked strong and imposing on the ball and covered every blade of grass. I know that Bayern Munich softened Arsenal up in the Champions League in midweek, but Spurs played in the Europa League the day after so I'm not totally clear why the Gunners lacked puff.

“I must say to see Tottenham and, in particular, Dembele run Arsenal ragged was a bit of a shock. It must be a cause for concern for Arsene Wenger if they are, as so many people keep telling me, genuine title contenders.”

For Dembele to feature in an advanced role, Eriksen has been asked to play from the left wing but seems to have just as much impact in the side despite not featuring centrally.

Crooks stated that the mercurial Dane was Tottenham’s attacking heartbeat on enemy soil.

“Tottenham dominated the north London derby from start to finish and Arsenal were lucky to even get a point,” Crooks continued.

“According to Arsene Wenger the only reason Spurs dominated the midfield was due to midfielder Santi Cazorla feeling dizzy and the reason why he was substituted. Well, that was because Christian Eriksen had Cazorla chasing shadows for 45 minutes.

“The Denmark midfielder played Arsenal like a fiddle. He pulled the strings of Erik Lamela and Dele Alli - who is proving to be an exciting prospect - with such effect it must have been painful for Arsenal fans to watch at times. Come on, be honest.”

Spurs will be happy with their progression this season under Pochettino, with the fact that a point away to Arsenal is no longer seen as a result that satisfies.

Dembele and Eriksen will surely play important roles in the side if Tottenham are to qualify for the Champions League this season.

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