Mikel Arteta ‘jumping around on the sideline’ doesn’t help Arsenal’s composure in big
- Gary Neville has criticised Mikel Arteta’s touch-line antics against Tottenham
- The Sky Sports pundit said the Arsenal boss should’ve shown more ‘composure’
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For both goals, Arsenal struck first before Spurs fired back in quick succession – with the Son’s second coming just one minute after Saka’s.
And, reflecting on the match, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville suggested that Arteta’s antics on the sideline did little to help his team’s chances in the match.
Gary Neville (above) dissected Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with rivals Tottenham during his podcast
Neville suggested Mikel Arteta’s touch-line antics did little to help Arsenal hold their lead
Tottenham scored both of their goals just moments after Arsenal had struck in the game
‘I want to see passion, but I want to see composure and a coldness, and that feels like a contradiction. But I want to see it in the right moments at the right times.
‘When they scored that second goal, Saka’s penalty, which was a beautiful penalty, celebrate it, give your fans something because they want to see it means something.
‘But there should be two or three senior players in that group saying, ‘Right, come on. Switch on now, we’re ready and we’re going to see this through’. Your mentality kicks in of knowing when a game’s in danger’.
After the break, Saka struck from the spot following a Cristian Romero handball before Son levelled one minute later.
The South Korean placed his effort into the Arsenal goal after James Maddison stole the ball off Jorginho deep inside the hosts’ half.
The celebrations had barely ended before the Spurs captain levelled the scoring, and it lead to Neville questioning Arsenal’s ‘mentality’.
Neville continued: ‘Rice had gone off at half-time and that presented a danger, so should Jorginho have been left there almost last man on the ball for Son’s second equaliser? Maybe, maybe not.
‘He should have done better himself, of course, but when you concede a goal a minute after one going in, that’s what I’m talking about, that mentality. They didn’t get set again.’
James Maddison (L) stole the ball off Jorginho (R) to help create Tottenham’s second goal
Bukayo Saka scored a brace on the day but was unable to secure his side all three points
And, despite the fact he may be losing out on his No.1 spot at the Emirates, Ramsdale showed a heap of support for his team-mate during the tense North London Derby.
During post-match analysis, on Sky, Carragher said: ‘I thought it was like the Oscars, you know when someone loses the Oscar and they start clapping and smiling for the other person. I was laughing when I saw that. He’s absolutely devastated with that really.’
Later that evening, Nick Ramsdale replied to a Tweet about Carragher’s comments and said: ‘You are a Disgrace!! Show some class!! My lad has’.