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Paul Merson questions where the intensity of Arsenal’s front three was against Tottenham

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Paul Merson has questioned the intensity of Arsenal’s front three as they struggled to give Tottenham’s defence any kind of problems in their Premier League derby last weekend.

Arsenal fell to a hugely disappointing 1-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday. Harry Kane was the only player to find the back of the net in the game as he outshone the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The victory has seen Tottenham open up a seven-point lead over the Gunners, while Chelsea in fourth are eight points ahead of Arsene Wenger’s men.

Arsenal’s top-four challenge now lies in tatters as they will surely find it almost impossible to claw back the points between themselves and those above them.

There was so much optimism before the game as the Gunners thought their attacking-trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would cause Spurs all kinds of problems. However, this did not ever happen as the three struggled to have any kind of impact on the game.

Paul Merson was hugely disappointed with the trio as he said on Sky Sports: “But if you watched the front three last week of Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, they show nowhere near the same urgency as what you get with the front three of Tottenham. Not anything like it. Everything that Tottenham front three do is meant, is zipped, is bang, is movement”.

“A ball comes to Mkhitaryan on the left, you’re playing at Wembley which is a snooker table, and he it it 70 yards over everybody’s head and he just walked back. There’s no zip, even when Aubameyang’s offside it’s a smile to Jack, not like ‘that’s not offside’ or have an argument, just to put it in the ref’s head next time or the linesman’s head”.

The poor performances from their new attacking-line meant that Arsenal were always up against it as Tottenham have been in such good form both going forward and at the back. Ultimately, Arsenal once again displayed their limitations as the better team on the day won.

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