Tottenham were thrashed by north London rivals Arsenal in a humiliating 3-1 loss at the Emirates on Sunday night to heap pressure onto Nuno Espirito Santo in the Premier League
Darren Bent has torn Tottenham to shreds for their “shambolic” performance against Arsenal on Sunday.
Spurs were in desperate need of a good result to boost morale after some shoddy displays in recent weeks.
Taking on Arsenal, who have also had a wobble in the season already, there was real hope that the spirit of the derby could lift the players.
But Tottenham looked lacklustre and bereft of ideas as the Gunners put them to the sword in a first-half drubbing.
Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all scored with only around half-hour played as Spurs fans could be seen leaving the Emirates early.
And former Spurs striker Bent was outraged by his old side’s performance, though he did spare three players to come out of the match with some sort of credibility.
“It’s been a shambles of a first half,” the ex-England international told talkSPORT.
“Arsenal have been at it, high energy… Spurs at the minute, you look at the team selection, they just haven’t been there.
“I like Kane, Son and Moura, but other than that nobody has stepped up.”
A long search for a manager over the summer to replace Jose Mourinho led Spurs to hiring Nuno Espirito Santo, who was far down the list of preferred candidates.
It has meant that the former Wolves boss has had to win over an uneasy section of fans but after conceding three goals in three consecutive Premier League matches, the dissenting voices are already growing.
Nuno said after the match: “We were not good enough and Arsenal did a good game. It’s always hard when you concede early in a game and we were not able to control the match.
“We didn’t start well and the first half was very bad.
“Against Chelsea we played well in the first half, but today was the other way around. We were not able to execute it [game-plan] in the right way.
“Credit to Arsenal because they were strong, aggressive and stronger. What I focus on is making the right decisions.
“We learn in every moment. We are trying to build. There are a lot of things wrong and there are a lot of things good.”
Tottenham take on Slovenian outfit Mura next in the Europa Conference League after drawing their opener with Rennes 2-2.