By Aramide Oladipo
BBC pundit Alan Shearer has heaped criticism on Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen for his performance in the North London derby on the weekend.
The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium but he was unable to prevent the Gunners coming away with the derby day spoils with a 2-0 victory.
The hosts scored two first-half goals through Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez which enabled them to beat Spurs in the Premier League for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The result means that Arsenal have closed the gap on their bitter rivals to a single point in the league table.
Writing in his column for the Sun, BBC regular Shearer believes that Eriksen should have delivered a better performance on Saturday afternoon.
“We saw the way Eriksen destroyed the Republic of Ireland with a stunning hat-trick for Denmark in the midweek,” he wrote.
“Was he drained from that experience? He should have been empowered by it.
“Top players do it week in, week out for club and country. It’s not a chore, it’s a joy.”
The Denmark international has failed to provide a single goal or assist against Arsenal in 10 appearances for Spurs in all competitions.
Despite his display on the weekend, Eriksen has been one of the most consistent performers for Tottenham this season, contributing with four goals and four assists in all competitions.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino might be tempted to include the Dane in the starting lineup his side face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
In other Tottenham news, this senior duo has been confirmed out of the clash with Dortmund.