“That’s just got to him a bit”

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane has shared his thoughts on Arsenal defender Rob Holding being sent off during the North London Derby on May 12. He attributes Ben White’s return from injury. may influence Holding’s decision-making during the match.

The England international was sent off for two yellow cards in the first half of a Premier League derby. He first wrestled Son Heung-Min to the ground and then raised his hand to stop the Korean. When Arsenal were 1-0 down at the time, they lost the match 3-0.

4 – Rob Holding fouled the Spurs four times leading to his dismissal, and all four times went to Son Heung-min. His four fouls are the most he has ever committed in a Premier League game, despite only playing 33 minutes. Not restrained.

White, meanwhile, stayed on the bench after returning to the squad following the injury he sustained in the 3-1 win over Manchester United in April. In his absence, Holding played in defence alongside Gabriel Magalhaes.

Keane believes White’s return could be the reason behind Holding’s lack of composure against Tottenham. He said on Sky Sports (via The Boot Room):

“Do you think maybe because Ben White is back early, maybe he’s thinking about that. To be fair, he’s played really well in the last five games. Maybe just with White in the background, he’s thinking “I need to put on a show here to show the manager”. Maybe that just concerns him a little bit.”

Arsenal hope to overcome injury fear in remaining matches

After the derby defeat, Arsenal’s lead in fourth place in the Premier League to Tottenham fell to just one point. With only two games left, coach Mikel Arteta’s army is still holding the advantage. However, they have had some injury problems in an already thin squad.

Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are unlikely to return this season. White is back on the bench against Tottenham, so he could start in the starting line-up next game. However, Gabriel came off the bench in the derby following a hamstring injury.

The two yellow cards mean he won’t appear in the next game either.

Arsenal will go to St. James’ Park on May 16 to face Newcastle United. Arteta hopes to have Gabriel back by then. They cannot afford to lose a single point in the last two matches as they want to return to the UEFA Champions League after five years.

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Emma Bowman

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