Paul Merson has made a huge Tottenham U-turn after Ange Postecoglou's side put in a superb performance in the North London Derby against Arsenal. Spurs had to come from behind twice at Emirates Stadium with captain Son Heung-min scoring both goals assisted by James Maddison.
Heading into the game the visitors were huge underdogs but an impressive display left many disappointed they only came away with one point as opposed to three. Merson was one pundit who tipped a Gunners victory but it was his reasoning that angered many supporters with the ex-Arsenal man suggesting Spurs would be blown away by their rivals.
«I'm very bullish, but I think Arsenal will win this game easily,» Merson wrote in his Sportskeeda predictions last Thursday. «Tottenham have started the season well — there's no question about it. However, if they play gung-ho football and look to take the game to Arsenal, the Gunners will destroy them.
»If they stay quiet and look to nick a goal on the counter, they could be in with a chance, but I can't see that happening as that's not how they've played so far under Ange Postecoglou." In hindsight, his claims about Spurs and Postecoglou have proven to be rather naive with Spurs enjoying more possession than Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
The opening 30 minutes was dominated by Mikel Arteta's side and they deservedly led when Bukayo Saka's effort deflected in off Cristian Romero. However, following a flurry of Brennan Johnson shots being saved by David Raya, Spurs struck back with Maddison squaring for Son to equalise.
In the second half, Romero was at the heart of the big moments again as he handled Ben White's goal bound effort with VAR intervening to give a penalty which was converted by Saka. Although that leadRead on football.london