Robbie Keane has told Sky Sports that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be fuming with ace Rob Holding for getting too emotionally involved against Tottenham on Thursday night. Spurs secured a hugely impressive 3-0 win.
In what was one of the most-important North London clashes in years, the race for the top four on a knife-edge worth just four points. But a Harry Kane brace and another for Son Heung-min saw Spurs reduce that to one.
With Spurs leading 1-0, defender Holding – who was in the side due to a recent injury to Ben White – was getting into a tussle with Son Heung-min. Already on a yellow, he decided to block Son’s path to a pass.
Holding was shown a second yellow and it instantly put Spurs in the driving seat, scoring a second soon after through Kane. Any half-time plans from Arteta were undone when Son got his goal just after the restart.
“In the dressing room, he will be absolutely slaughtering Holding. I know, in front of the cameras, he will be protecting his players. But in the dressing room, he will be fuming with his players,” Keane told Sky Sports.
Keane: Arteta will be fuming with Arsenal ace Holding
Arteta did come out and defend his players despite some questionable decision making during the game – which contributed to the 3-0 loss. Mostly, from the defenders that had come into the side amid their injury issues.
Cedric Soares nudged Son for the penalty and it was an easy decision. Holding was in a trap too easily with Son. The latter came out on top, with the defender seeing red. Arsenal made it easy for Tottenham.