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Paul Merson makes Nuno Espirito Santo sack prediction following Spurs’ defeat to Arsenal


Nuno Espirito Santo is under pressure to turn things around at Spurs (Picture: Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images)

Paul Merson believes if Tottenham put in another display similar to the one against Arsenal, Nuno Espirito Santo will be sacked.

Tottenham suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat to rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday with the Gunners dominating the north London derby.

Defeat against Arsenal makes it three league defeats on the bounce having previously suffered 3-0 losses to Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

Spurs now sit 11th in the Premier League table with their opening day win against Manchester City proving to be Santo’s best moment in the hot seat since taking charge this summer.

But Merson fears the Portuguese’s time in north London could soon be up if Spurs fail to show up again.

‘Spurs were playing like that (counterattacking) last season, but no one was in the crowd, so they could get away with it,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘I’ve always liked Nuno and thought he would get a top job, but there are ways of getting beat at football and those players were not running through a brick wall for him on Sunday. And that is where the worry starts…

Harry Kane and his team-mates put in a lacklustre display against Arsenal (Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

‘This (the north London derby) is the fans’ game, the be all and end all and it does not matter how good a manager you are, you can be the best manager in the world, but it is all about the players – do not let anyone tell you it is all about the manager.

‘If the players want someone out, they are out – one more game like that and Nuno is gone, Spurs will not mess about, they can’t have that.’

Santo was honest in his assessment of the north London derby and took blame for the way the result played out.

‘The performance was not good, the game plan was not good, the decisions were not good. It was not a good day for us,’ he said.

‘I’m going to be honest with you, when you have a game plan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want to put on the pitch to develop that game plan so I take responsibility because the decisions were not according to the game plan.

‘I’m not going to individually tell what decisions didn’t do right but the game plan was not according to the players that were on the pitch.

‘We were not aggressive enough to control the dynamic of Arsenal’s midfield. We allowed Arsenal to always come to us. Bad decisions.’

Santo will be looking for a response from his players when they take on Slovenian side Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night before turning their attention to Premier League action against Aston Villa on Sunday.


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