Harry Kane Comes In For Heavy Criticism After Spurs' Collapse At Arsenal

Harry Kane Comes In For Heavy Criticism After Spurs' Collapse At Arsenal

Entering this afternoon's North London derby, it was though it was a potentially pivotal fixtures for the two sides involved. Both Arsenal and Spurs had started the season poorly, with a negative result today likely to pile the pressure on either Mikel Arteta or Nuno Espirtio Santo.

Within a few minutes of kick-off, it was clear what way the first half would play out.

Whereas Arsenal flew out of the traps full of energy, Spurs looked completely disinterested with proceedings at The Emirates. The home side would be 3-0 up by just after the half hour mark, with Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Bukayo Saka all getting on the scoresheet.

It was a thoroughly miserable 45 minutes for Spurs, with the fact that they could not life themselves for a game against their biggest rivals not exactly pointing towards a positive few months ahead.

Despite their struggles at the back, Harry Kane was one player who took the brunt of the criticism. Not only did was he beaten far too easily in the air to allow Arsenal to move up the pitch for the first goal, but he was at fault for conceding the third.


Kane gave the ball away in a dangerous position in the Arsenal half, hardly putting in the biggest effort to get back afterwards. He would then put in a poor challenge in an attempt to stop Saka from slotting the ball away.

Speaking in the Sky Sports studio at halftime, Graeme Souness criticised Kane's role in the first goal and Spurs' overall performance.

He's got to do better there Harry Kane. If you don't win the header, make sure the centre half doesn't win it. It's disappointing.

Spurs in that first half were absolutely shocking. Arsenal have been fabulous, but Spurs have contributed nothing...

Tottenham look ragged. They (fellow pundits Ledley King and Tony Adams) would look at the centre backs and what they should be doing, but I'm looking at Tottenham's midfield.

It has been non-existent.

Kane was certainly a non-factor in the first half, with his helping hand in the two Arsenal goals his only impact on the game.


Unsurprisingly, the player came in for heavy criticism on social media.


It certainly looks as though Harry Kane is a player that is not all that interested in being at Tottenham at the moment.

Considering the way this season has gone up to this point, one has to wonder if Daniel Levy regrets not pulling the trigger on that move to Manchester City during the summer...

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