Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp slam Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s Tottenham defeat

Arsenal were beaten by Tottenham on Sunday in the first north London derby of the season.

The Gunners were second-best in the first half and were made to pay for two defensive errors.

First, they allowed Son Heung-Min to find space inside the Arsenal half before touching the ball inside and curling his effort into the top corner of the net.

Then, Thomas Partey walked off the pitch while Spurs were on the counter-attack, allowing Son to find Harry Kane in space.

The striker took a touch before smashing the ball off the crossbar to double Spurs’ lead.

In the second half they were slightly better and dominated proceedings but were unable to get anything to show from their possession.

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And Arsenal’s frustrations were summed up by Granit Xhaka, who received a booking with time running out in the second half.

Mikel Arteta’s side had penned Spurs into their own box before a clearance found Son near the touchline with his back to the half-way line deep in his own half.

However, Xhaka chose to push the Korean striker in the back and give away a foul, with Spurs welcome for the opportunity to clear the ball out of their half and slow the game down even more.

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp were left bemused by the decision, with Redknapp claiming Xhaka’s actions were an attempt to fool Arsenal fans.

After the free-kick was awarded to Tottenham, Neville said: “That's just madness that. It's madness.”
Redknapp responded: “I don't get him. I'm sorry. How many times does he do that, Gary?”

"I mean the last thing you need if you're Arsenal is the game stopping,” Neville replied.

“Son's going nowhere. He's got a problem. You can't counter attack from there. It just stops the game for another 30/40 seconds.”

Redknapp then claimed Xhaka isn’t doing his part to help the team, saying: "I think he thinks he's fooling the fans by saying 'look at me I'm having a go, making a tackle, getting booked again'.

"He's not helping his team."

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