Jermaine Jenas: What Tottenham were lacking in Arsenal draw

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas says Spurs lacked killer instinct against Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Tottenham Hotspur lacked a killer instinct in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the north London derby, according to Jermaine Jenas.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side appeared to be heading towards three points after Harry Kane broke the deadlock with a clinical finish in the 32nd minute at Emirates Stadium.

Pochettino will be hugely disappointed to only draw the game but it was still a massive statement of intent by his team

Jermaine Jenas

However, Spurs surrendered their lead with 13 minutes remaining in Sunday’s derby as Arsenal substitute Kieran Gibbs prodded Mesut Ozil’s cross past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Former Tottenham vice-captain Jenas felt Spurs completed a near-perfect performance but failed to punish their north London rivals in the second half at The Emirates.

“Tottenham completely dominated, but Arsenal were always going to get at least one chance. I always felt Spurs would need that second goal, and so it proved,” Jenas told BBC Sport.

“It was so close to being a complete performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side – in terms of their pressing, their aggression and their creativity it was absolutely spot on.

“The only thing they were lacking was a killer instinct when they were 1-0 up and creating further chances. They need to be able to put those kinds of games to bed when they have bossed them.

“Pochettino will be hugely disappointed to only draw the game but it was still a massive statement of intent by his team.”

Tottenham remain in fifth place in the Premier League table following their 1-1 draw with Arsene Wenger’s side.

Spurs are five points behind leaders Manchester City heading into the international break.

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Pochettino’s men host high-flying West Ham United at White Hart Lane in their next Premier League fixture on 22 November.

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