Paul Merson fires warning shots to Tottenham: There is no point doing this against Arsenal
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has fired warning shots to Tottenham by stating that “there is no point” in playing two holding midfielders against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team will welcome their north London rivals to White Hart Lane for a mouthwatering fixture.
Merson believes Tottenham should forget about trying to avoid defeat, they should instead try to win the game and change tactics from their last match.
During their 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, Pochettino opted to play three men at the back, a formation he has used throughout the season.
Speaking to Sky Sports News on Friday morning, Merson believes Spurs could change tactic for the Arsenal game.
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“I’m not sure Tottenham will play three at the back,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They didn’t look too clever the other night against Palace. They have got to win this game.
“I hope Tottenham don’t go out and say ‘let’s hope we don’t get beat by Arsenal, it’s a London derby’.
“They have to go out and win this game. There is no point in playing two hold midfielders.”
Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama are the players usually deployed in a defensive midfield role by Pochettino when he plays three at the back or a flat back four.
Both started the Palace match in midweek but after a poor first half performance from the team, the duo were substituted at half-time.
As a result, the attacking duo of Heung-Son Min and Moussa Sissoko were brought on in their place as Spurs went on to win the game.
In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger has also deployed three men at the back as they have won all their matches during that period.
The most impressive victory came against Manchester City during the semi-finals of the FA Cup when Arsenal secured their passage to the final with a win in extra time.
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