Sol Campbell questioned Harry Kane’s state of mind after another despicable display for Tottenham in their ‘demolition’ at the hands of Arsenal.
First-half goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka gave Mikel Arteta’s side a sizable halftime lead before Heung-min Son gave the visitors a goal of consolation.
It was indeed a day to forget for Spurs and their star man Kane, who has yet to score in the Premier League since being denied a transfer to Manchester City.
Campbell, who has played for both clubs, has given his opinion on the situation the England captain finds himself in at the moment.
Ex-Arsenal and Spurs defender said: “It’s difficult, everyone thought this deal would be done [to Man City], your body is there but your head and your heart are elsewhere.
“Somehow they have to work it out, somehow they have to say ‘look this deal is over, keep going, let’s wipe the slate clean’, this is going to be difficult because that he thought this deal was going to be done.
“It’s a blow to your soul, your heart, your mind, Harry is a professional, he will score goals but obviously the move that hasn’t happened has rocked the club and the club has it. a little calmed down. ”
It was a huge game for both managers, who have been under a lot of pressure this season.
Arteta had started the season very badly with three straight losses to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City scoring none. However, they have since turned the tide with relentless 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnley and now this win over Spurs.
His counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo is now going through what the Spaniard had to go through after losing three on the rebound after beating Man City, Wolves and Watford at the start of the season.
Arteta who finally came out smiling and it brought immense pleasure to everyone associated with the club including Campbell.
“For me the connectivity of the whole team and the commitment blew Tottenham away, they didn’t know what to do,” he added.
“Tactically I think they were all over the place for this particular game, but I think it’s more than that. I think emotionally some players just aren’t there, they’re there physically but mentally they’re just not there.
“Perhaps the start of the season has masked a lot of fundamental problems at Tottenham and it has just come to light.
Tactically Arsenal were just amazing, right in the spotlight all the time, the first half they blew them away, they had no response, Tottenham were so devoid of everything, it was really a demolition.”
For now, Spurs need to dust themselves off and try to find some form before their players go on an international mission.
The club are back in action in the Europa Conference League this week against NS Mura before facing in-form Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, seeking to ease the pressure on Santo.
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