Jermaine Jenas has insisted that Tottenham’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in midweek has to be a wake-up call for them.
Spurs fell to a 1-0 loss at Wembley against their German rivals which extended their winless run to six games in all competitions having scored just three goals in that period.
Jenas was concerned following that display, insisting that it was the first time he’s seen them get “sussed out” by the opposition in terms of not being able to play their own game.
'Leverkusen performance a wake-up call for Spurs'
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He fears that if Spurs had produced that type of performance against Arsenal, it could have ended very badly for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and so there is almost a sense of relief heading into Sunday’s showdown.
However, given that it was against Leverkusen and Tottenham weren’t punished more heavily, he hopes that it will act as a “slap in the face” and wakes them up to produce a much-improved display this weekend.
It remains to be seen if they do so as they have been handed a boost with the news that Harry Kane has been included in the squad, although whether he features will be down to Pochettino given that he’s been out since September.
Arsenal head into the clash in good form, and will be desperate to replicate what Leverkusen showed to secure a huge win as they march on in pursuit of the Premier League title.