Tony Adams blasts Arsenal defenders and hails Tottenham’s ‘phenomenal’ unsung hero Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Tottenham players celebrate during their Premier League win over Arsenal
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

A frustrated Tony Adams has hit out at Arsenal’s defenders for failing to sense the danger before Harry Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead in Sunday’s north London derby.

Kane assisted Son Heung-min for the South Korean’s stunning opening goal in the 13th minute before finding the net himself right on half-time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The strike meant Kane became became the derby’s all-time top scorer with a tally of 11 goals and Spurs held onto their advantage to return to the top of the Premier League table.

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Arsenal
Kane doubled Spurs’ lead right on half-time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Picture: Getty)

It leaves Arsenal languishing down in 15th place after four games without a win in the English top flight and former captain Adams was less than impressed with the Gunners’ ‘complete naivety’ for Tottenham’s second goal.

‘Why are the central defenders not spotting this? There’s four players there,’ Adams said while analysing Kane’s strike at the end of the first half for Premier League Productions.

‘Why are they not screaming at the midfield players? When you’ve got a player walking off the pitch [Thomas Partey], you’re going: “Hold on a minute, someone else sit in here!”.

‘Get it sewn up! It’s complete naivety.’

Tony Adams discusses Arsenal's defeat to Spurs on Premier League Productions
Adams ripped into Arsenal’s performance (Picture: Premier League Productions)

Adams said Arsenal looked vulnerable all afternoon due to the ‘gaping hole’ between Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin on the right side of the defence.

‘I don’t think they set up in the right way. The combination between Holding and Hector and eventually Arteta took Hector off,’ he continued.

‘There was a gaping hole in that slot all day and they kept on counter-attacking in that zone.

‘Taking nothing away from Son, it’s a fantastic finish but you’re not organised from the start.

‘Holding doesn’t know whether he’s playing right-back or right-side central defender, Hector Bellerin is playing right wing and it’s set up all wrong.

‘The shape’s not right and the communication isn’t right to start with.’

The legendary ex-England skipper praised Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s tireless display in the middle of the park and said the Dane was ‘absolutely phenomenal’ throughout.

‘That screen is so important. Patrick Vieira did it, Emmanuel Petit did it and Hojbjerg was phenomenal today. Absolutely phenomenal,’ he added.

‘The two central defenders have come off the pitch without breaking a sweat.’

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