Three mistakes Arsenal made vs. Spurs

Arsenal’s draw with arch-rivals Tottenham on Sunday left a bitter taste in the mouth some of the Gunners’ faithful. A lot of the fanbase are already divided on Wenger’s tenure at the club and whether or not he should finally leave, and this draw at home has, to an extent, set the ball rolling once more on demands for him to leave.

It’s nearly three years since Wenger has recorded a home victory against Spurs with the installment of Mauricio Pochettino in 2014 giving birth to three 1-1s at the Emirates Stadium. But why are Arsenal struggling to beat their neighbours at home?

Everyone has become accustomed to Arsenal’s frailties when comes to the stronger teams in the Premier League, and Tottenham are becoming somewhat of a bogey side for Wenger.

With all this taken into consideration, here are THREE reasons why Wenger once again failed to produce three points against this Tottenham side.

His team’s failure to put away chances

Mousa Dembele v Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Everyone knows the most important factor in football is finding the back of the net and when Arsenal are missing real chances against a team with the capability of Tottenham, it’s no wonder they only came away from the contest with a point.

Arsenal failed to capitalise on Kevin Wimmer’s own goal and in doing so, it cost them. Can they have complaints? Certainly not as any potential of beating Spurs’ depends on the opposition finding a breakthrough against their stern defence.

Wenger needs to find an attacking formation to suit his players instead of changing the trio on a weekly basis.

Failure to contain Mousa Dembele

Britain Football Soccer - Tottenham Hotspur v Bayer Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group E - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 2/11/16 Tottenham's Mousa Dembele with manager Mauricio Pochettino as he is substituted Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Wenger should have been aware the gigantic Belgian was going to be Spurs’ major physical threat in midfield. Instead, he allowed his weak midfield to be dominated by Dembele who claimed the Man of the Match award.

Dembele was impressive on Sunday, despite this, the Gunners faithful can be rightly aggrieved at Wenger’s inability to stop him dominating in midfield.

If Dembele was fully match fit, the result could have been a lot worse for Wenger.

Not starting Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

Failing to start your star striker in a match he has historically played well in remains a mystery to us here at FootballFanCast.

Arsenal have had tremendous success with Alexis Sanchez starting in the central-striker role recently, but Giroud’s performance against Sunderland last weekend surely should have guaranteed him a spot in the starting line-up against a Tottenham side renowned for their defensive solidity.

Had Wenger gone with Giroud from the beginning, Arsenal would have secured their first victory over Tottenham since early 2014 at the Emirates Stadium.