I am delighted to say that Guendouzi was most people’s man of the match. I have previously cautioned some fans who were trumpeting his skills because he had many faults caused by naivety and lack of experience. I did say though that he was a future star in the making. If he produces this quality of performance regularly, then I would have to say that we have a star already.
Lacazette was very close behind him. I think Wrighty would have been the only player that we have had apart from Laca who could have scored that goal. It was a cocktail of speed, determination, close ball control and sublime skill in a confined space to marvel at. The deadly trio of Auba, Pepe and Laca announced that they are in business and had it not been for Leno`s mistake and Xhaka`s customary brainstorm, we would have won the game hands down. I don`t share Marble Halls (match review) opinion that a draw was a fair result.
We scored two spectacular goals, which were the product of two examples of extreme skill for which they deserved their rewards. Spurs goals were two gifts, which were down to luck for them, and bad play for us.
On top of the fact that we played some smooth and clever football with which Spurs could not contend. Kane became “Dirty Harry” when he resorted to diving because he did, precious little else for his team other than to say, “Thank you very much Mr. Xhaka”. I mentioned last season that he had developed a technique of getting in front of a defender; particularly when jumping for a high ball, and a split second before contact, he backed into him and fell forward pretending he had been pushed. We conceded a lot of fouls like that. I think referees are onto his cheating because it was an instant decision by the ref. to wave play on and ignore Kane`s protest.
What I didn`t understand was if it is accepted that Kane`s Superman Act was not a foul but he tried to get one (his screaming confirmed that) then why was he not booked?
It pains me to give credit to Spuds players but for several years now, I did envy them for having Harry Kane, but I think that his best days are behind him. He has very heavy legs, which is where he gets his powerful shots from but unfortunately, for him it takes strong muscles to carry those legs. Harry is not getting any younger and his speed has dropped noticeably. The Erikson problem will not go away and Deli Ali is well off form. Sanchez and Sissoko are poor players and Rose is injury prone and a bit of a hothead, so all in all when we have Holding and Tierney available and Chambers is given a chance to cement the performance he provided at Newcastle, I believe that we have a better squad of players than Utd. Chelsea and Spurs so we should be capable of third place this year.
One reservation though, is that Emery needs to improve his selections and his tactics. We need a solution to the mistakes we keep making in defence, but we also need to realise that we have three flair players as good as anyone in our attack and he needs to allow them room to demonstrate what they can do. It would be a mistake to bridle them to suit a more mechanical brand of football.