Rob Holding endured a dreadful north London derby as his sending off left Arsenal in disarray at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The defender was guilty of playing the occasion rather than the game as his obsession for Heung-min Son resulted in him being sent for an early bath during the first half.

Holding was in a battle with Son

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Holding was in a battle with Son

But lost it resoundingly having received two yellow cards inside the opening 33 minutes

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But lost it resoundingly having received two yellow cards inside the opening 33 minutes

The first was brandished after he deliberately held Spurs’ South Korean star back on the attack. And on 33 minutes he received his second yellow for a deliberate elbow barge on Son.

In between that, Tottenham were given a penalty after Cedric Soares tripped Son over in the box. Harry Kane scored the resulting spot-kick.

talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams labelled Holding ‘stupid’ and ‘idiotic’ when describing the second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville said: “It’s madness from Holding. He’s been erractic, he’s lacked composure, and he’s off.

“Son played Holding like a little boy.”

That set Arsenal up for a disastrous evening for the Gunners, who succumbed to a resounding 3-0 defeat against their rivals.

Rob Holding’s north London derby nightmare

*Source: Statman Dave

Minutes played: 33

Ground duels won: 1/5

Fouls committed: 4

Clearances: 0

Blocks: 0

Red cards: 1

Two first-half goals from Kane put Spurs 2-0 up at half time

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Two first-half goals from Kane put Spurs 2-0 up at half time

And Son’s strike early in the second half has set Spurs on course for victory

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And Son’s strike early in the second half has set Spurs on course for victory

Kane’s close-range finish extended Spurs’ lead before Son’s strike early in the second half ended the contest.

The result blows the race for fourth wide open with Spurs now just a point behind Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Arsenal go into their final two matches – against Newcastle and Everton respectively – facing a potential defensive crisis. Holding will be suspended, Gabriel went off with an injury, and Ben White could also miss the game with a knock.

Since Mikel Arteta was appointed manager of Arsenal in December 2019, the club have had 13 red cards.

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