Arsenal legend Tony Adams expressed his anger on Premier League productions about how his former side dealt with Thomas Partey’s injury prior to Tottenham’s second goal.
All of Mikel Arteta’s men except the two central defenders and Partey were deep in Spurs’ half. Arsenal lost possession and a brilliant through ball saw Tottenham four on two against our centre-halves.
Partey injured his thigh while we were attacking and he decided to walk off the pitch. That left a huge gap in the middle of the park, and Adams has hit out at Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes for their lack of communication after the Ghanaian’s injury.
He said: “Why are the central-defenders not spotting [the danger]. There are four [Spurs] players there. Why aren’t they screaming at the midfield player (Granit Xhaka)?”
“You have got a player walking off the pitch. You are going ‘hold on a minute, someone else sit in here’. Get is sewn up. It’s complete naivety.”
Xhaka had to drop deep once Partey injured himself but the Swiss international had no idea what was going on behind him. Son Heung-min drove into our box before feeding Harry Kane who doubled the hosts’ lead.
Gabriel and Holding could have done better
Arsenal were trying to get back into the game having gone a goal down. All the focus was on the attack, but once possession was turned over, it took just one pass to free Son.
Holding and Gabriel had two options – either tell Partey to stay on the pitch, or shout at Granit Xhaka to drop deep. The pair did neither and that made things extremely easy for Spurs to kill the game off before half time.
Adams was absolutely livid about the situation. Communication is arguably a defender’s most important trait, and Holding and Gabriel’s lack of it cost us that second goal and eventually the game.