Garth Crooks claims he was right about Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen got on the scoresheet yesterday, as Mauricio Pochettino's side drew with Arsenal.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in...

Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that when Tottenham Hotspur started Christian Eriksen he thought that they couldn’t lose to Arsenal.

Eriksen was handed just his second start of the season for Tottenham yesterday, despite uncertainty still lingering around his future.

The playmaker’s contract at Tottenham expires in less than a year, but it seems that he will now remain at Hotspur Way at least until January.

Eriksen scored Tottenham’s first goal in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal, and was one of Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s best players on the day.

 

The Dane, who was linked with a £50 million move away from Spurs over the summer (Telegraph), was a constant threat during the contest, and Crooks was certainly impressed by Eriksen’s display.

“When I saw Eriksen start this north London derby I immediately thought Spurs can't lose this game,” he said.

“I was right, they didn't lose the game but they should have won it. Eriksen is a class act and when he is on his game there are few better.

“It was the Dane who bust a gut to get up with the play and tap home the loose rebound from the Erik Lamela shot.

“Spurs look like they might hang on to Eriksen for a little while longer which is just as well because they have no-one who can handle the ball better.”

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal runs with the ball with pressure from Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates...

Eriksen showed exactly how vital he still remains for Tottenham yesterday, and him staying can only be considered a boost to Pochettino's men on the field.

Although Spurs may miss out on a sizeable fee for the attacking midfielder, if they cannot get him to pen a new contract, there is no question that Eriksen still being around aids Totteham's chances of competing. 

Spurs's point at Arsenal can be considered a fairly positive result, after what has been a difficult start for Pochettino’s men.

However, things could have been so much better for the Lilywhites if they had held on to their lead.

Spurs had gone 2-0 in front in the first half against Arsenal, but could not hold on to claim the three points against their local rivals.

Tottenham are now sat in ninth place in the Premier League table, heading into the first international break of the campaign.

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