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MARTIN KEOWN: Both goals Arsenal admitted could have been avoided

MARTIN KEOWN: Both goals Arsenal admitted could have been avoided … Sead Kolasinac NEVER attached David Luiz and 5ft 10 Kieran Tierney a chance to mark Toby Alderweireld

  • Arsenal had conceded both goals. That is the bottom line.
  • Sead Kolasinac could have gone forward, but instead stitched David Luiz
  • Keiran Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld for the Spurs winner

Both Arsenal goals could have been avoided. That is the bottom line. Not for the first time was sloppiness their downfall.

It seemed that progress has been making lately, with Mikel Arteta’s men keeping three consecutive Premier League clean sheets. If Eddie Nketiah hadn’t left – and then admitted a late equalizer against Leicester – it would have been maybe four.

But then they will do this. Let’s start with the first goal – the equalizer who arrived three minutes after Alexandre Lacazette’s excellent opener. Sead Kolasinac had the ball and Kieran Tierney was open on the wing. But he did not pass on to him.

Both goals that Arsenal admitted were avoidable. That is the bottom line. They were hit or miss.

Both goals that Arsenal admitted were avoidable. That is the bottom line. They were hit or miss.

Sead Kolasinac could have moved forward, but instead he bonded David Luiz and a gifted son

Sead Kolasinac could have moved forward, but instead he bonded David Luiz and a gifted son

Sead Kolasinac could have moved forward, but instead he bonded David Luiz and a gifted son

Instead, he looked back and chose David Luiz. But instead of playing it on Luiz’s left foot as he should have, he went for his right hand. It gave Son Heung-min a point on goal and Spurs were back in it.

Arsenal had 76 percent of the ball. They saw control. But they were undone by a fixed piece.

Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld. The Tottenham defender won and that was that.

Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs defender won and that was that

Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs defender won and that was that

Tierney, 5ft 10in, marked 6ft 2in Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs defender won and that was that

There were positive points for Arsenal. Dani Ceballos showed great promise in midfield, while keeper Emiliano Martinez was probably their best player. But Arteta has to decide how he wants his team to play – three or four in the back – and buy players that fit his favorite system.

Harry Kane and son caused problems. We saw Shkodran Mustafi dive in – maybe that’s because he doesn’t feel like he’ll get coverage from Luiz behind him. Choose your system, Arteta, and buy accordingly.

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