Mousa Dembele has just left the field at Wembley with what looked to be a minor injury. We can’t be too sure of the severity just yet, but the fact that he was able to prevent a dangerous attack moments before he was substituted suggests it was not totally debilitating.
Vincent Janssen, the bemoaned summer signing, was his replacement with Christian Eriksen dropping into Dembele’s role to try and build play from a deeper position.
Concern was immediate across the Twitter world, such has been the importance of Dembele under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
Dembele looking to be carrying an injury, not good with the North London derby ahead on Sunday
— The Spurs Web ⚽️ (@thespursweb) November 2, 2016
Arsenal’s midfielders may have been rather chuffed to see the Belgian taken off before half-time, while Pochettino has enough concerns at the moment.
Dembele injured? Doesn't look like he was struggling. Tactical change IMO.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) November 2, 2016
Other Spurs fans opted to remain mindlessly positive. That’s all good and well, folks, but this lad is possibly being a little too optimistic. Positive mental attitude can only carry you so far.
I presume that was enforced but Dembele was having a shocker and we've seen him hauled off before. Eriksen already doing better in CM.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) November 2, 2016
Dembele wasn’t that bad, really. Still a little rusty, that’s all!
Just sums up our season at the moment really.
— Spurs Bible (@Spurs_Bible) November 2, 2016
That injury list does not make good reading if you’re a Spurs fan. Losing your arguably your three most crucial players will hurt any team – it might go some way to explaining Spurs’ recent poor form.