Did Spurs' last two results show exactly why Pochettino needs Arsenal veteran Mikel Arteta?

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Tottenham have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta.

Tottenham Hotspur's bid for the Premier League title is over after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday evening - and manager Mauricio Pochettino may need a little more experience in his ranks after a bad-tempered affair at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs took a 2-0 lead against London rivals Chelsea, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both finding the net, but second half goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard rescued a point for Chelsea.

Tottenham had to win the game to keep the pressure on league leaders Leicester, but their draw means that Leicester are now Premier League champions after an incredible season.

Pochettino has the young players in his side to be a long-term challenger for the title, but the Argentine should look at his side's past two displays and notice that a little more experience may be required.

Against West Brom, Spurs were 1-0 up at half time before losing control of the game and drawing 1-1, and the same thing happened against Chelsea, only this time it was 2-2.

Tottenham's players lost their cool, with nine Spurs stars receiving yellow cards, and having a wise head in central midfield may have helped Spurs come through both of those games with wins, keeping their title hopes alive.

In fact, pundit Graeme Souness even told Sky Sports recently, as quoted by Football Insider, that Spurs lacked a veteran presence in midfield against West Brom.

"That game was turning from the first minute of the second half," said Souness. "I’m looking at the midfield and that is the perfect place to sense that. That was the perfect game for an old head sitting in central midfield saying, ‘okay guys, it’s slightly changed, this game’. At no time did they do anything slightly different to grab the game back from West Brom."

"It was a game for an old head to say, ‘wide players, just play a bit narrower, full-backs, don’t go raiding all the time, let’s just dig in a little bit’ and they didn’t do that," he added.

Recent speculation has suggested that Tottenham are ready to approach Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta this summer, with The Telegraph reporting that a player-coach role could be on the cards.

Arteta played alongside Spurs boss Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain, and with his contract expiring at the end of this season, Tottenham can land him for free and keep him in North London.

At 34, Arteta is somewhat past his best, but he has the calming presence in front of the back four, Premier League experience and savvy in possession to help Spurs see games out when under pressure - and he would certainly offer more than Ryan Mason did as a substitute against Chelsea.

The youth movement at White Hart Lane has been a success so far, but bringing in a wise head like Arteta even just to play for one year before moving into full-time coaching, could be one of Pochettino's smartest moves.

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