By Harvey Byrne
Former midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes current Tottenham star Christian Eriksen made Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil look like a “passenger” on Sunday.
The two north London rivals met each other for the final time at White Hart Lane earlier in the afternoon with Eriksen’s side emerging victorious after goals from each of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Now, each of Eriksen and Ozil took up an attacking midfield position in their respective sides, lasting the full 90 minutes.
However, while Redknapp was keen to laud the Denmark international as “fantastic,” he included Ozil in a strong rant about the Gunners having too many “passengers” in their team.
“I just wanted to mention Eriksen,” started Redknapp speaking on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday during their post-match analysis.
“I think on the flip side look at Mesut Ozil today. Very similar players. Both of them, I would say in a nice way are luxury players in a sense. The sort of players who can open the door and you don’t expect them to put too much hard work in.
“But, when I looked at Mesut Ozil compared to Eriksen there was such a distinct difference between the two in terms of work ethic, pressing. The amount of times Eriksen won the ball back for his team, but also got involved in open play.
“I thought he was fantastic today Eriksen and I looked on the flip side what Mesut Ozil offered his team. When you want a piece of magic you want someone to unlock the door. At times and I mention the word, Frank (Lampard) said it, I said it ‘passengers.’
“You can’t have passengers in these north London derbies.”
The defeat for Arsenal has seen them remain in sixth place in the Premier League table and an entire five points behind Manchester United in fifth.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have kept the gap with Chelsea to four points and will take on West Ham next at the London Stadium on Friday evening, while the Blues will take on relegation battling Middlesbrough on the Monday following.
Additionally, as there are just five games remaining for the Gunners and 17 points between themselves and Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will now finish above them for the first time since 1995.
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