Arsenal are only one point clear in the 4th place as they suffered a heavy defeat in the North London derby. Afterwards, Mikel Arteta fumed in the post-match presentation, angry at the referee’s decisions that went against his team.
The Gunners commenced the game strongly. But they found themselves behind in the game after 20 minutes. Cedric, deemed to have fouled Heung-Min Son in the penalty box, where the referee awarded Spurs a penalty.
Harry Kane calmly converted from the spot-kick past Ramsdale. Within few minutes, Rob Holding saw a second yellow card, produced by referee Paul Tierney. He blocked Son’s run towards goal by elbowing him, much to Mikel Arteta’s frustration.
Kane knicked the ball home from point blank range after it fell to his feet from a corner and got his brace. Son wrapped up the game in favour of the hosts in the 2nd minute of the 2nd half. Gabriel came off injured in the 2nd half after a suspected hamstring injury which made the Gunners night even worse. Consequently, the Brazil international might miss the reaminder 2 games of the season adding to Arteta’s woes.
Arteta in post-match interview
Aftewards, suffering a huge defeat in the NLD, Arteta fumed with the referee Paul Tierney’s performance. But he abstained himself from letting his thoughts known. The Gunners boss said: “If I say what I think I am suspended six months. “I am allowed to give my interpretation of what I thought, but I do not like to lie. I cannot say what I think, I will be suspended.”
“I am so proud of my players, ask the referee to come here and explain his decisions. That’s his decision, such a beautiful game was destroyed here. He also revealed his frustration on Holding’s red card and why he did not bring on Ben White. He said: “The decision is made, I cannot change it.”The referee has to make the decision and react in football. To take the risk in the situation didn’t make any sense.”
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