Tottenham vs Arsenal: Rob Holding sent off in nightmare first half for Mikel Arteta's side

Rob Holding sent off after the most brainless challenge on Son in nightmare half v Spurs

Arsenal went into their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday evening knowing a win would secure them a return to the Champions League.

A loss, though, would mean Spurs close the gap to just one-point with two games remaining.

There was so much riding on the game for the Gunners and they started well. They were the better team during the opening 15 minutes.

But things fell apart – and rapidly – for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Spurs were given a penalty when Cedric floored Son Heung-min inside the box. Harry Kane stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Things then went from bad to worse after Rob Holding was sent off.

Holding was given a yellow card in the 26th minute after dragging Son down.

He then floored Son with a reckless shoulder charge to the head seven minutes later and was given his second yellow card.

It was a challenge he did not need to make, especially when he was on a yellow card.

You can view Holding’s moment of madness below…

Gary Neville, commentating on the game for Sky Sports, couldn’t believe what he had just seen.

“What is he doing? What is he doing? WHAT IS HE DOING?! Oh my goodness….” He said in shock.

Neville added, per the Metro: “I’m watching the run and he has a jab with his elbow, it comes away from his body. He’s been erratic, rash, he’s lacked composure.

“It’s madness. Mikel Arteta has big problems now. His centre-back has caused him huge issues in the first 35 minutes of this match.

Rob Holding was sent off after foulung Son-Heung min in Tottenham vs Arsenal
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“We spoke about Holding earlier in the game. Son played him. He played him and played him, like a little boy.

“Sometimes as a defender you’re head goes, you’re emotional and you do rash things. Son was in his head.”

Arsenal’s task of turning the game around got even harder shortly after when Kane netted his second of the game as he headed home from close range.

It seems the race for the fourth and final Champions League berth is still very much alive.

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