Jermaine Jenas has slammed the efforts of Harry Kane and four of his Tottenham team-mates after their lacklustre defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were comfortably beaten at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka condemning Spurs to a one-sided loss in the first north London derby of the new campaign.
The visitors managed to hit back through Son Heung-min in the closing stages, but the winger’s contribution proved to be nothing more than a late consolation.
The result saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs in the Premier League table for the first time this season, with the latter now occupying 11th place after losing three matches since the beginning of the campaign.
Spurs were toothless in attack and helpless when out of possession for the vast majority of proceedings, with Kane unable to exert his usual influence on the game.
He was selected to start at the top of the pitch but only managed to register a single shot on target, with his other three attempts failing to trouble Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks for Arsenal.
Jenas, who made 201 appearances for Spurs between 2005 and 2013, did not hold back in his post-match analysis of his former side’s performance on Match of the Day 2.
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He singled out Kane and a selection of his team-mates for special criticism while claiming that Tottenham’s strong initial start to the season only served to hide the deep-rooted problems that have plagued their efforts in recent years.
“The three wins papered over the cracks,” said Jenas. “[They were] brilliant against City, but in the other games the performances didn’t warrant the results.
“Dele [Alli] was poor, [Tanguy] Ndombele was shocking, [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, Harry Kane.
“There are a number of names I could go through, trust me. Son as well was really poor.”
Jenas’ sentiments were echoed by Spurs captain Hugo Lloris after the final whistle on Sunday, with the Frenchman admitting that his side were firmly second-best throughout the encounter.
“We lost complete control in the first half, we got smashed, and then had a good reaction,” said Lloris.
“It’s frustrating and very disappointing. It’s the moment to stick together and carry on. The players were ready, but we lost a bit of control.
“We lost our balance in the middle of the pitch. When you concede three goals in each of the last three league games you cannot hide the problems.
“But we are professional. There is a long way to go. We need to stay calm.”
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Meanwhile, Spurs boss Nuno appeared to place much of the blame at the feet of his players, but the 47-year-old also took responsibility for a number of other poorly-made decisions that contributed to the final result.
“I won’t name individuals who didn’t play the game plan right,” he told Sky Sports after the full-time whistle.
“But the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch. I refuse to go much further here, but I will say it to the players.
“We prepared the game, had a good meeting, but we were not able to do it. We were not strong enough. It is not easy to tell this.
“The decisions were not according to the game plan. If you want to be strong in the midfield, they were maybe not the right decisions I made.”