I loved Mauricio Pochettino. I loved watching some of his coaching sessions while I was with England and the complexity of them. I loved the rotations in midfield and the way in which he pressed.
I thought of him as a really high-level coach. The young Spurs players he had – the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli – really responded to that and got great results.
They didn’t win a trophy but they got to really good places in the Champions League, second in the league and they loved it. Spurs ran more than most teams and pressed more than most teams.
They were always proactive and on the front foot. They didn’t always win but there was a real belief running through the club. Since he left, the word I’ve used is ‘basic’ and that’s what it has become at Spurs.
Those players have seen good tactical, modern instruction through Pochettino and then something very different with Jose [Mourinho] and Nuno [Espirito Santo].
They’ve got a more basic approach to the game in terms of trying to sit back, be more compact and try to spring off that. At the moment, we’re seeing a Spurs team that’s trying to adapt to Nuno and he’s adapting to them.
They don’t look a completely happy bunch. I’m not saying for one second that Nuno’s lost the dressing room – I don’t feel that’s the case at all. But they just don’t look happy on the pitch. Their body language isn’t great.
They don’t look like they quite believe this is the way they want to play. He was either the fifth or sixth-choice manager and when that happens, it’s never great.
They tried to chase Brendan Rodgers and other managers who’ve got a different style to Nuno. He’s got a good way of playing but at Wolves it was a pragmatic style – a compact, deep defence built to counter-attack.
Spurs fans and Spurs players have been used to the Pochettino style and even under Jose it wasn’t as good a style but they still scored lots of goals and created lots of chances.
At the moment, they’re getting to know each other and they’re still learning to believe in each other. There’s a bit of a despondency through the group emanating I have to say through Harry Kane.
We’ve watched him a long time and he doesn’t look happy. We know how professional he is, but at the moment he doesn’t look himself.
Spurs collectively looked clueless from the start of the game in terms of their gameplan. They were knocking it long and they really did look clueless. They didn’t look like they had the appetite and courage to play through midfield.
They’ve been poor at that for two years but today was as bad as I’ve seen it. They played aimless long balls which just gave Arsenal more encouragement. There was no response from Spurs when Arsenal got the first goal.
When Arsenal then sat back, they didn’t look like they knew how to play against a deep-lying defence. It was poor in every aspect. I don’t think every Spurs player when the ball passed them were sprinting back either in that first half.
There were two or three of them ambling back. They were ambling across the pitch slowly and that’s not good enough in this game. I’d never seen this game before live at the stadium before working at Sky and I’ve loved this game for 10 years.
I’ve always felt it’s a game with tension and an edge. It’s always been a good game to watch and commentate on, but it can also highlight where teams are going under a little bit.
I felt that Tottenham team went under today. It wasn’t good and the reason those Tottenham fans were getting up in the first half and leaving was because they were seeing the same things I was seeing.
You cannot kid a football fan and they knew their team weren’t at it. There are ways of losing and Spurs were having them over.