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Ian Wright claims Arsenal star was ‘terrified’ during damaging north London derby loss

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Ian Wright, ITV pundit, is a massive fan of Michael Olisery Plant Hire Community Stadium, Banbury

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has accused Gunners defender Rob Holding of being ‘terrified’ of Son Heung-min during the north London derby defeat to Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s men were comfortably beaten at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs closed the gap to just one point in the battle for Champions League football next season.

Holding, in particular, had a night to forget after two rash challenges saw him see red inside 33 minutes.

And Wright, speaking to Premier League Productions during the game, was particularly scathing of Arsenal star Holding.

He said: “Rob Holding is terrified of Son’s pace. In each instance, we are seeing Holding trying to win the ball.

“Especially after the first couple, you say okay it’s going into him. Let him get hold of it and maybe lay it back because you can’t afford to go down to ten men.

“He has got no complaints [for the red card]. That right side has been a problem for us. It has been a mismatch. You can see how uncomfortable Holding was.

“In the end, the way he has been sent off, he has no defence of himself there.”

Arteta not in agreement with Wright

Despite Wright agreeing with the red-card decision, Arteta did not see things the same way.

Speaking after the game about the decisions, the Spaniard said: “If I say what I think I am suspended for six months. I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think.

“I cannot say what I think. I’m not unhappy with my players. I’m proud of my players.

“I want the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed.

“The decision was made. We can’t change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.”

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