Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports (Thursday, 10:02PM) that he was confused by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s post-match comments, after Tottenham secure a 3-0 win. Arteta said the officials “destroyed” the game.
Spurs kept the top-four race alive with a superb win on home soil, reducing the gap from four points to one between the two sides. It sees only a point separating the two clubs with two Premier League games to play, apiece.
Harry Kane opened the scoring after a foul from Cedric Soares on Son Heung-min in the penalty ares. Rob Holding saw red, before Kane made it two from a corner. Son got his side’s third just after the half-time break.
Arteta spoke after the match, refusing to give his verdict on the penalty and red card decisions – but did say “such a beautiful game was destroyed”. Redknapp responded immediately, saying he did not understand Arteta.
“I genuinely don’t understand where he’s coming from. What Rob Holding did, he could’ve got booked earlier, I don’t see where he’s coming from. For the penalty, he should be saying to his right-back: ‘What are you doing?’”
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The penalty on Son was always going to be a spot kick when the referee gave the decision. What Cedric is guilty of, is making the foul too obvious. A more disguised nudge would have done the job; a lack of street smarts.
For the red card, Redknapp is right. Holding was lucky not to pick up a yellow earlier than he had – and then perhaps a red. The defender let emotion and his tussle with Son get the better of him and he was right to go.