Gary Neville runs rule over ‘disjointed’ Arsenal
Manchester United legend Gary Neville runs rule over Arsenal's disjointed north London derby display
Gary Neville says Arsenal produced one of their most disjointed performances of the season after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs striker Harry Kane broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute thanks to the England international’s close-range finish past Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The Gunners levelled with 13 minutes remaining as Arsenal substitute Kieran Gibbs prodded Mesut Ozil’s cross past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham were on top for much of the derby as Arsene Wenger replaced Santi Cazorla at half-time and brought on defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
Former Manchester United defender Neville wasn’t impressed with Arsenal’s performance, although the England coach praised their late rally to secure a point.
“From Arsenal’s point of view, it’s as bad as I’ve seen them, in terms of being disjointed, in such a big game,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They finished really strongly, but the first half was the first time I’ve seen the midfield two look like I thought they might be in the Premier League, which is overrun and lacking in power.
“It was so difficult for Cazorla in particular, who was hauled off at half-time, they say he was feeling unwell. Well, I have a feeling there was case for taking him off even if he wasn’t unwell, because Tottenham were brilliant. They got back into the game, though, and I think both managers can be happy for different reasons.”
Arsenal are level with Premier League leaders Manchester City on 25 points after 12 games.
The Gunners are unbeaten in six Premier League games since their 2-0 loss to Chelsea in September.