Alan Shearer says Tottenham star was 'panicking' in first five minutes of Arsenal defeat
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Alan Shearer says Tottenham star was 'panicking' in first five minutes of Arsenal defeat

Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day 2 that Tottenham Hotspur star Hugo Lloris was ‘panicking’ in the first five minutes against Arsenal yesterday. 

Lloris didn’t enjoy his best afternoon in north London as he handed the Gunners an early lead inside the opening 15 minutes. 

The Frenchman failed to deal with Bukayo Saka’s attempted cross and instead parried the ball into his own net, after a slight deflection off Ryan Sessegnon beforehand. 

His mistake set the tone for a poor first-half showing from Antonio Conte’s side and they fell two goals behind just 20 minutes later as Martin Odegaard found the bottom corner from long-range. 

Lloris struggled with his distribution in the opening stages of the game and put Tottenham under unnecessary pressure. And Shearer feels the Spurs captain looked alarmed after a shaky start in the north London derby. 

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Shearer criticises Lloris display  

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, Shearer suggested that Lloris was actually at fault for both of Arsenal’s goals, rather than just their opener. 

“Lloris has had a great career but he’s really struggling for form and he put his team under huge pressure,” the Newcastle legend explained. 

“He has made errors, it’s not the first this season, this is after five minutes – he’s panicking and doesn’t know whether to kick long. He puts his team under pressure. 

“This is where the game changed, I know it takes a little deflection, but a Premier League goalkeeper shouldn’t be going in the net like that and then all of a sudden they’re under huge pressure. 

“The second – if that’s [Aaron] Ramsdale or [Nick] Pope or Alisson or Ederson I don’t think those goalkeepers let that in.” 

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Lloris has proven to be a brilliant shot stopper over the years but other areas of his game certainly leave a lot to be desired. 

The £13 million man has clear weaknesses when it comes to his distribution, which often leads to Tottenham’s attacks breaking down at a very early stage. 

There’s no doubt that Lloris has been a brilliant player for the club over the years but it seems like the right time for Spurs to replace their skipper now. 

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