Five talking points from Spurs' 2-2 draw; featuring Pochettino's substitutions, Dembele's display


Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Saturday - here are five talking points from the game.

Dembele dominates - again

Whenever Belgian star Mousa Dembele has been out of the side through injury, Spurs have missed the dynamism he brings. Few players can replicate Dembele's powerful, driving runs forward, and his return from injury against Arsenal was a major boost. Dembele ran the show for large spells, showing great quality in possession and leaving the Gunners midfield for dead as he coasted past them. It's been quite the season for Dembele after years of inconsistent performances, but this was another great display.

Attacking midfielders disappoint

Whilst Dembele starred, the midfielders ahead of him weren't quite so impressive. Christian Eriksen was quiet and misplaced a number of passes, whilst Dele Alli didn't look 100% fit, even though he did set up Harry Kane's goal with a fine backheel. Erik Lamela worked hard but lacked a real end product in the final third, before substitute Son Heung-min struggled to get into the game. The supply line behind Kane didn't really fire on all cylinders, and whilst players have been rotated there and impressed in patches this season, Pochettino may yet look for some consistent quality in that area of the pitch during this summer's transfer window.

Pochettino substitutions deservedly criticised

Manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves great praise for his work with this Tottenham team, but it's fair to say that his substitutions didn't have the desired impact against Arsenal. Winger Erik Lamela was on a booking and was hauled off for Ryan Mason shortly after Spurs went 2-1 up. It was a change which meant Spurs lost their momentum and shape, before Ben Davies and Son Heung-min were also introduced to little benefit. Bringing off Lamela for another hard working winger in Son would've kept Spurs' shape, but instead they allowed Arsenal to get back into the game - and Pochettino has deservedly been criticised for the switch.

It's tough, but players need resting about Dortmund

Tottenham may be going for the Premier League title, but they also face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night. Winning that competition would be a great success, but after seeing Tottenham's players run out of gas towards the end against Arsenal, Pochettino may be forced to put out a heavily rotated side against Dortmund. Dele Alli needs time to recover his fitness, whilst Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane also looked tired towards the end of the Arsenal match, meaning big players may need rest despite a huge fixture being on the horizon.

The title race isn't over just yet

After Tottenham dropped two more points, Leicester went and beat Watford to go five points clear at the top of the table, with many suggesting that the title race was over. We saw the same thing in 2014 when Liverpool appeared to be on the verge of winning the title before collapsing in the final stages of the season, and if Spurs can get back to winning ways against Aston Villa next weekend, you just never know what might happen - and as things stand, they should still be considered as the second favourites for the title.

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