Gary Neville and Martin Tyler commented on Tottenham fans ‘heading for the exit door in the first half’ of their defeat in the North London derby, as they told Super Sunday on Sky Sports.
In a first-half blitz by the home team, they ran into a 3-0 lead and Neville claimed that Spurs supporters ‘have a right to be dejected’ with their actions to leave early.
Forget about a derby game, such a performance isn’t even acceptable on a normal day, so this was, no doubt, the worst afternoon of Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign.
Every time Mikel Arteta’s side kept hitting Spurs, there was no response, other than the last 15 minutes of the game where Heung-Min Son managed to get a consolation goal.
During their commentary stint for Sky, both Neville and Tyler were speaking about the Spurs away fans throughout the match.
“The scoreline here has got some Tottenham fans heading for the exit of the first half,” said Tyler.
Neville also stated: “They have a right to be dejected. You can get be 3-0 down, you can lose a game 3-0. But their approach, from minute one, is appalling. They haven’t had the courage to play. Then they are just ambling across the pitch, without the ball.
“Look at that (fans leaving), that’s a representation of how bad Spurs have played. The fans have left in their droves.
“Some left in the first half, most of them have left now (in stoppage-time).”
Even when Spurs won their opening three games, many felt that the performances weren’t there and the results were just papering over the cracks.
And now that is proving to be true because those same faces that have struggled before are now finding it difficult to prove their doubters wrong.
Both Spurs centre-backs – Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier – struggled last season – and were poor at the Emirates.
Dele Alli, who was hardly used by Jose Mourinho, was hauled off at half-time and his poor performances have been going on for far too long now.
The reliance on Harry Kane, who is yet to score a Premier League goal this season, he looks like a player that is well and truly lost.
Either way, the signs aren’t good and it’s the fans have to suffer because their decline, since that Champions League final, has been alarming.