‘They killed us!’ Ian Wright wishes three Arsenal youngsters started north London derby against Tottenham

Ian Wright says Tottenham 'killed' Arsenal in the north London derby
Ian Wright says Tottenham ‘killed’ Arsenal in the north London derby (Picture: YouTube)

Ian Wright says Tottenham ‘killed’ Arsenal in the recent north London derby and has suggested Mikel Arteta should have rolled the dice and started three youngsters to combat Jose Mourinho’s side.

First-half goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane saw Spurs clinch a 2-0 victory on Sunday and climb to the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal enjoyed more of the possession in the second half but Wright admits they went ‘nowhere’ as the team’s struggles in front of goal continued, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now scoring just once from open play in 11 Premier League games this season.

Wright insists the derby clash went exactly as he feared it would and says Arteta should have freshened up his team by bringing in Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe.

Willock was an unused substitute at Tottenham, while Nelson and Smith Rowe failed to make Arsenal’s matchday squad despite impressing in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna.

Arsenal legend Wright told the Ringer FC podcast: ‘I see some Tottenham fans and pundits questioning the way they’re playing and how much of the ball they have.

‘I’m thinking to myself, the way they played against Arsenal and what they did to Manchester United earlier in the season, what they did against West Brom, I cannot understand the pundits saying the fans won’t be happy with the way they’re playing.

Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane both scored as Spurs downed Arsenal
Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane both scored as Spurs downed Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘The way Arsenal play, the way Arsenal pass the ball around and get nowhere with it… 55 passes to one shot and go nowhere.

‘You look at Tottenham’s goals, it was just efficient, clinical, they killed us man. I’m surprised we didn’t concede more goals.

‘Son doesn’t get the credit he deserves. His goal is magnificent and I don’t know why big teams aren’t looking at him.

‘The players believe in Mourinho right now. They’re getting it done. When you look at their team, goalkeeper, defence, midfield, forwards, you have to start saying, [Mourinho] can push this over.

‘Arsenal fans have got to stop thinking about what they [Spurs] are doing. When I was getting ready to watch that game, as hard as it was, I could not see how – with the way we’ve played – we were going to beat them unless he brought in Smith Rowe, Willock, Nelson and they just had this game from nowhere.

‘They beat us exactly how I thought they would beat us and it told me Tottenham are clinical. That is what frightens me about them at the minute.

‘Tottenham being up there frightens me. I can totally see where they’re going and how they could do it [win the title].’

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