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‘It’s EMBARRASSING’ – Arsenal legend Merson slams Tottenham boss Conte for tactics in first half of North London derby

PAUL MERSON hit out at Tottenham manager Antonio Conte for not making a change in the first half of the North London Derby.

Spurs went in at the break 2-0 down to Arsenal after being played off the park on their own patch.

Tottenham went into the break 2-0 down against rivals Arsenal

Paul Merson slammed Antonio Conte for his first-half tactics

A Hugo Lloris howler saw the visitors take the lead, before Martin Odegaard added a second with a gorgeous strike from range.

At half-time former Arsenal man Merson slammed Conte for letting Spurs get “ripped to shreds” and not making a change.

He even claimed “any of us could play where [Thomas] Partey is playing” – with Tottenham non-existent in midfield.

Merson said on Sky Sports: “You’re talking about one of the greatest managers about in Conte, he hasn’t changed it.

“He’s just let that team go out there and just get absolutely ripped to shreds. He had to change it.

“If I’m being honest I think any of us could play where Partey is playing at the moment. Honestly I do, no one has got near him.”

Merson went on to say that it was “embarrassing” from Tottenham in the first half.

He added: “I can’t believe how a manager of that quality has not tried to nip this in the bud.


“It’s pretty embarrassing.”

Conte kept his team the same at half-time, sending out the same 11 players that started the game.

However, the hosts did improve after the break.