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Jamie O'Hara says Nuno Santo and Tottenham players must shoulder blame for Arsenal loss

Tottenham were torn apart by Arsenal yesterday and former midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, believes Nuno Espirito Santo has to take the blame for getting things tactically wrong.

A woeful opening 45 minutes all but ended any hope Spurs had of getting a result at The Emirates. Goals from Smith Rowe, Saka, and Aubameyang put the game to bed, albeit Heung-Min Son did get one back late on.

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A lot of the talk after the game was about the Spurs players and their lack of performance on the day. But speaking to Talksport, O’Hara – while acknowledging the players should have done more – believes Nuno Santo has to shoulder the blame.

“I blame Nuno. 100%, because tactically he got it wrong. There has to be some blame on the players when you’re out there, obviously,” O’Hara said.

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“You can have tactics. And he got it wrong Nuno, massively in the tactics. But you’ve also got to have leadership on the pitch where players say ‘right, the gaffer’s got this wrong, let’s get to half-time and sort this out’.”

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Once again we are blaming a Spurs manager for a big loss and the players are just left to their own devices. It’s not been good enough for a while now from these Tottenham players.

O’Hara is right in his comments on Santo. But he’s also right on his comments about the players. There was simply no leadership and no one trying to change anything.

Spurs are in a bit of a rut at the moment. They look like they’re back to square one. And without some drastic changes, things could get very worrying, very quickly for this Tottenham side.

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