Gareth Bale struggles for Tottenham again and what’s next for Dele Alli after PSG move denied?
On this episode of The Nutmeg, Evening Standard writers are joined by former Arsenal player Alan Smith to discuss Spurs loss to Brighton on Sunday, Thomas Tuchel’s first win as Chelsea manager and Arsenal vs Manchester United.
Harry Kane is targeting a return from his ankle injuries in just two weeks, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed. Kane injured both of his ankles against Liverpool on Thursday and Spurs struggled without their talisman in their abject 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday. But Kane is optimistic that his latest ankle injuries are not as serious as previous ones he has suffered. Kane has had scans on both ankles and Mourinho has said it is “pretty good news”, in what is a major boost for Tottenham with their season faltering after back-to-back defeats.
Elsewhere, after being frustrated by ambitionless Wolves in his first game in charge, Thomas Tuchel got off the mark yesterday with a 2-0 win against a similarly stubborn Burnley. If Mourinho sticks to type, Spurs will also try to rope-a-dope their way to three points on Thursday — even if they are the hosts. This is a classic clash of styles. Tuchel is already demonstrating a Pep Guardiola-esque obsession with control. And how Mourinho has savoured the opportunity to allow his old rival to tie himself in knots before delivering the knockout punch.
And finally, with Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all missing, Arsenal needed players to step up for this clash with Manchester United – and Rob Holding certainly did that. In the summer, the centre-back was close to leaving Arsenal and was on the verge of joining Newcastle United on loan. Holding, however, ended up staying put and this performance against Manchester United underlined his growing importance to the Gunners. The 25-year-old was a rock at the back and helped Mikel Arteta’s side claim a valuable point as they held firm to draw 0-0.
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