The media coverage of Tottenham’s 2-2 draw away to Rochdale is completely different to when Arsenal bombed out of the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest.

When Arsenal lost 4-2 to Forest in January, the media tore into Arsene Wenger’s men. And rightfully so. They were terrible and showed little-to-no desire to retain what has become Arsenal’s trophy.

On Sunday, Spurs put in a similar display against League One side Rochdale.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side went 1-0 down to the home side thanks to Ian Henderson before ex-PSG winger Lucas Moura, who the media are suddenly obsessed with, drew the score level in the 59th minute.

An embarrassing dive from Dele Alli two minutes before the end of normal time, which resulted in a penalty was converted by Harry Kane (who else?).

This put Spurs 2-1 ahead but, thanks to a 93rd-minute goal from Steve Davies, Rochdale forced the tie to a replay at Wembley.

Spurs didn’t turn up on the day and although the League One side seem the luckier of the two due to the timing of their equaliser, Poch’s men should have put the game to bed early on and shouldn’t have had to dive to draw equal themselves.

Of course, it’s pretty hard to find much criticism in the Spurs today (Monday). Since, despite skating on thin ice recently with his diving comments, the media still have a massive crush on Poch.


Here are the headlines after Arsenal lost 4-2 away to Forest, a Championship side.

january 8
Express, 8 January 2018
mirror 8 january
Mirror, 8 January 2018
evening standard january 8
Evening Standard, 7 January 2018
independent january 7
Independent, 7 January 2018

Wenger in crisis, shock, wilderness, cautionary tale.

The media praised Forest but mainly laid into Arsenal and the manager. Arsenal struggled because we’re just that bad and we’re in a downward spiral. Wenger wasn’t unlucky to lose, he’s just lost it.

Next, Tottenham’s headlines