Former Arsenal midfielder has said that Tottenham were lucky to escape the Etihad Stadium with a 2-2 against Manchester City.
The Sky Sports pundit used his column to say that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were lucky not to lose by six or seven goals.
He said: “It is not like Spurs went there and ripped Man City apart! It was an absolute battering! Tottenham, they just got over the line against Villa and they got rinsed on Saturday. And if that had ended up six or seven, Tottenham would not have complained, they could not have moaned.
“City, they played very, very well. And that was against one of the top three teams in the country, a title contender and a very good team themselves. They were making Tottenham look very, very average on Saturday and they are not an average team, they are a very good side.”
TBR’s View – Manchester City were sluggish after Lucas’ equaliser
For the opening part of the game, Tottenham were fully on the back foot and it was only Erik Lamela’s bolt from the blue which kept Spurs in the match.
But Tottenham have twice now come to the Etihad, ridden their luck, taken their chances and come out with something from a high-scoring clash.
At 2-2, City looked exhausted and while Tottenham were not dominating the ball, they were also not under hugely intense pressure.
Obviously, VAR came to their rescue in the end but the situation wasn’t quite as bad as Merson says, especially in the second half.