Loads of Tottenham fans have been giving their verdict on the derby day defeat, and they’re in complete agreement with Alan Shearer’s scathing assessment of one major decision.
Tottenham fell to a 4-2 defeat at the Emirates on Sunday, ruining what was almost a perfect week despite difficult fixtures.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were superb against Chelsea, but didn’t come out with the same intensity on Sunday, and the Gunners were perhaps unlucky not to win by even more.
The Tottenham defence was all over the place at times, and Shearer simply could not believe the decision to start Juan Foyth over Toby Alderweireld.
“You can’t leave your best defender out in your most important game against your rivals,” he said on BBC’s Match of the Day 2.
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“Without sounding disrespectful to Southampton but if he has to leave him out leave him out for that game.
“If you are Aubameyang and you see that Tottenham team sheet who do you want to play against – Foyth or Alderweireld?”
“He is their best defender, their leader and their organiser at the back. He pulls everyone together. They were all over the place today. It is a poor mistake.”
It’s hard to disagree with the ex-Newcastle striker, as Foyth really did have a nightmare performance.
The youngster was caught napping on the ball for the third Arsenal goal, and Jan Vertonghen didn’t exactly cover himself in glory either.
The fixture list over Christmas is truly crazy, so key players will certainly have to be rotated, but fans are all agreeing with Shearer on this one.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Toby will now leave, I would if I were him sat there watching a kid albeit a good prospect play in my stead in the biggest game of the season so far, Poch wrenched off his own noes to spit his face,l like Poch but this isn’t the first time his principals have cost us. #TTID #THFC
— Old Man Hotspur (@OldManHotspur) December 3, 2018
He was always going to leave anyway. We won’t pay him what he wants and he would walk into most teams. He still should have started yesterday though. Play Foyth against Southampton. Crazy decision.
— Scott (@ScottTh35794417) December 3, 2018
He’s spot on, no room for sentiments in football, Alderweireld should’ve played, Foyth picked because he missed out on Inter game.
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) December 3, 2018
Shearer is spot to on, you play your best team in games like this especially at the back.
— Delon Pillay (@delon_pillay) December 3, 2018
Absolutely spot on
— TomR81 (@TomR555) December 3, 2018
He’s right…. Toby should have played. There’s no argument.
— Super Spurs (@SuperSpurs2017) December 3, 2018
Foyth and Toby should have played together. Jan had a nightmare and looked off the pace all game. Young lad looks a top prospect.
— Paul (@Paul171276) December 3, 2018