Tottenham boss Nuno says he picked wrong players for Arsenal derby defeat

Nuno Espirito Santo claimed he picked the wrong players after Tottenham’s North London Derby nightmare.

Early goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka sent Spurs spinning to a third straight league defeat.

And even though Heung-min Son pulled one back in the second half, skipper Hugo Lloris admitted: “We got smashed!”

Under-pressure Spurs boss Nuno said: “I decided bad. And I refused to go further than that.

“I’m going to be honest with you, when you have a gameplan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want to put on the pitch to develop the plan because the decisions were not according to the gameplan.

Nuno Espírito Santo of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on September 11, 2021 in London, England.
Nuno Espirito Santo admits he picked the wrong players for Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Arsenal on Sunday

“I’m not going to individual tell what decisions I didn’t do right but the gameplan was not according to the players on the pitch.

“We were not aggressive enough to control the dynamic of the midfield of Arsenal, they were faster, they were stronger, more aggressive.

“We prepared the game, we had a good meeting but then we’re not able to do it, not strong enough, the decisions were not according to the gameplan.

“So if we wanted to go strong in the midfield, then they were not the right decisions I made.”

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Tottenham's players after conceding a goal
Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday afternoon

Spurs have now lost three league games on the trot and allowed once struggling Arsenal to leapfrog them in the table.

Lloris said: “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.

“We lost complete control in the first half. We got smashed and then had a good reaction.

“It’s frustrating and very disappointing. It’s the moment to stick together and carry on. The players were ready but we lost the balance in the middle of the pitch.”

Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's first goal just 12 minutes in
Three first half goals helped Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon to leapfrog them in the Premier League table

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dedicated the win to the fans, who chanted his name as he emerged for his post-match media duties.

He said: “They were there when we needed their support. It’s a special day. But we have to be consistent.

“I think in life you have to show gratitude. These people have stood by this club. This win is for them. Now we are creating the connection with our supporters.”

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