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Gary Neville SLAMT Tottenham’s long-ball tactics in a mournful first-half North London derby display


‘Shockingly’ Tottenham ‘blasted it forward in a style not seen in the Premier League in 15 years,’ Gary Neville shoots.

  • Arsenal led 3-0 at halftime as Tottenham failed to explain their rivals

Gary Neville and Graeme Souness tied the shoe at Tottenham after they trailed Arsenal 3-0 at half-time after a disastrous first half.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka blew away their enemies in north London in a raucous Emirates, while Nuno Espirito Santo’s men barely managed to contain the hosts.

During the break on Sky Sports, Neville criticized Spurs’ approach: “Spurs look like a beat up bunch.

Tottenham were ripped to shreds in an incredible first half of action in the North London derby

“They look like a team that doesn’t believe in the plan. They look listless. From minute one in those first 10 minutes, Spurs just threw it forward. I haven’t seen that in 15 years in the Premier League.

“It’s almost as if they built the game to be something it isn’t – ‘let’s not take a risk and try to counterattack’ – and forgot to play. They have no idea how to break this deeply rooted Arsenal team.”

Souness was no less forgiving: “Spurs were shocking in that first half. Arsenal were fantastic, but the Spurs contributed to that.

Tottenham look ragged. You can look at the centre-backs and what they did or didn’t do, but for me I’m looking at Tottenham’s midfield – it doesn’t exist. Nonexistent.’

The Gunners will skip their rivals to 10th place, with Arsenal leading 3-0 at 34 minutes, the earliest side to have led by that margin in this historic grudge match.



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