Shearer slams Spurs and Arsenal after ‘bland’, ‘drab’ derby

Alan Shearer has had a dig at both Tottenham and Arsenal after the north London derby, claiming they are “way, way behind the top of the league”.

Toby Alderweireld’s header meant Spurs came from behind to secure all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leaving them with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

It’s been a turbulent season for both clubs, with Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho appointed after poor starts to their campaigns.

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And Shearer says the derby on Sunday evening was an illustration of how much work both clubs still have to do to challenge for the top four next season.

“Once upon a time, the North London derby would set even the pulses of neutral observers racing,” he told The Sun.

“But yesterday’s renewal was a really flat and drab affair.

“And you cannot entirely blame the lack of a crowd for how poor the fare was dished up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“It was bland stuff, particularly compared to some of the thrillers of the past at Spurs’ home, like Arsenal’s 5-4 victory in that epic clash in November 2004.



“The Gunners had the majority of possession without doing a lot with it. Aside from their goal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the bar and was denied by a decent Hugo Lloris save.

“Spurs won it thanks to a stupid defensive mistake and a set-piece.

“That was about the sum of it and I don’t think either team deserved to win.

“Many of those neutrals who stayed in to watch probably found themselves wishing they’d taken advantage of the easing of lockdown and got out of the house on a Sunday afternoon!

“I don’t think we learned anything from this match that we didn’t already know. There is a massive amount of work to be done with both sides.

“They are way, way behind the top of the league. And you can’t compare the football these two are playing with what Liverpool and Manchester City have produced this season.”


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