Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo was left to pick over the wreckage of his side’s 3-1 north London derby defeat by Arsenal, with Spurs captain Hugo Lloris admitting it was “very disappointing”
Nuno Espirito Santo blamed his players for not following his instructions after they were “smashed” up in an horrific north London surrender.
Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put the Gunners 3-0 up after just 34 minutes – the earliest any team has established such a lead in a Premier League north London derby.
Nuno said: “When you have a game plan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want on the pitch to develop that game plan.
“I won’t name individuals who didn’t play the game plan right but the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.”
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The Spurs boss, who hauled off Dele Alli and Japhet Tanganga at half-time, added: “We were not aggressive enough to control Arsenal in midfield. We suffered when we wanted to go in front and we allowed Arsenal to come to us. Bad decisions.”
Captain Hugo Lloris admitted his side were humiliated as Arsenal moved above them in the table.
The France skipper said: “We lost complete control in the first half. We got smashed and then had a good reaction.”
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Son Heung-min grabbed a 79th-minute consolation after Spurs rallied late on, but this proved too little, too late.
“It’s frustrating and very disappointing,” Lloris added. “It’s the moment to stick together and carry on.
“The players were ready but we lost a bit of control. We lost the balance in the middle of the pitch.
“When you concede three goals in each of the last three league games you cannot hide the problems. But we are professional. There is a long way to go. We need to stay calm.”
Spurs legend Graham Roberts tweeted: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen or played in a derby when the substitute [Oliver Skipp] is the only person to get booked.
“No passion and no commitment in the first half. We need to wake up and start getting players to show enthusiasm for the badge – this is getting embarrassing.”
The collapse means a Spurs side that sat top of the table after the first three games of the season, with the Gunners bottom, have now moved below their north London arch-rivals.