Tottenham fell to a humbling 3-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Arsenal in the first North London Derby of the season at the Emirates, piling more pressure onto manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all struck in the first half in a 45 minutes that will go down as one of Tottenham’s worst for a long time.
Acres of space were repeatedly exploited in the visitor’s midfield, allowing Arsenal’s front four to run riot. A negative style of play has been a repeated criticism levelled at Santo and this performance will not have helped.
Gary Neville, who was on co-commentary duties at the Emirates on Sunday, was damning of Tottenham’s performance but it was the attitude and approach of the players that worried the pundit more.
During a Twitter Q&A Neville fielded a question on the Spurs performance.
“Bad performance yesterday a worry. The bad vibe out on the pitch was more worrying,” he replied on Monday.
Neville was also critical of Spurs talisman Harry Kane during coverage of the match, saying the striker did not look happy after failing to force a move to Manchester City in the summer.
“He just doesn’t look happy, last week I thought it was a risk shoving him on the left wing, today I thought he did play higher but the balls up to him were long punts in the first 20 minutes,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“The big thing for me, you mentioned competitiveness, Harry doesn’t look himself in terms of his body language, he doesn’t look happy, he looks like he’s carrying the situation from the summer and he still could’ve had two or three goals and a penalty.
“There’s still a contribution, he’s not himself and neither is Son. So I’m not singling him out, Son and him look like they’ve had their balloons popped at a party when you were a kid.”