Gary Neville was critical of Arsenal defender Rob Holding
Gary Neville was critical of Arsenal defender Rob Holding (Pictures: Getty)

Gary Neville has slammed Rob Holding after he was sent off in the first half of the north London derby and says the Arsenal defender was made to look like a ‘little boy’ by Spurs stars Son Heung-min.

After Holding’s dismissal, Neville told Sky Sports: ‘What is he doing? What is he doing?! Oh my goodness.

‘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.

‘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.’

Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp added: ‘There were two instances before when he could have been booked.

‘We spoke about derby games and how it’s about having a cool head, don’t do silly things.

‘Once you’ve been booked you have to be so careful. He’s got a major problem because Son is too quick for him.

‘The second yellow could even be a red, it’s a really poor decision from him.’

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