Former West Ham and England striker, Dean Ashton, has stated that Tottenham needed someone like Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to aid them in their EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.
Speaking on Jim White’s talkSport show, the 32-year-old said:
“They [Arsenal] made a lot of changes. Oxlade-Chamberlain was fantastic. I think that’s probably what Tottenham lacked. Lamela made a difference when he came on.
“They lacked someone who could make a difference against a team like Liverpool.”
Chamberlain, who has been vying to nail down a first team stop under Wenger for a few seasons now, scored both of Arsenal’s goals in their 2-0 win over Jaap Stam’s Reading, whilst Spurs were unable to get past Klopp’s Liverpool, with Daniel Sturridge netting twice in their 2-1 win.
Maurico Pochettino’s side lacked the direct threat which the likes of the former Southampton man can offer a side when taking on opponents such as Liverpool.
However, it has to be said that – with all respect to the Royals – the two respective opponents of the North London rivals on Tuesday are very different clubs, despite the fact the Merseysiders fielded a very weakened side.