Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday descended into chaos after the ultimate whistle had blown as Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was kicked within the back by a Spurs fan. And beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys has remarkably put the blame on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for the incident.
Arsenal were sensational against Spurs and took the lead after just 14 minutes as home keeper Hugo Lloris diverted the ball into his own net. And the Gunners went 2-0 ahead before half time as captain Martin Odegaard found the back of the online for the eighth time this season.
Tottenham searched for a way back into the match within the second half as they peppered the Arsenal goal. However the Lilywhites were unable to penetrate the Gunners’ defence as they stayed five points behind fourth-place Manchester United.
After the match had ended, Ramsdale exchanged words with Spurs forward Richarlison. But after, because the England goalkeeper was led away to the sting of the pitch by a steward, he was kicked within the back as a Tottenham fan tried to attack him as he collected his water bottle.
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The incident was widely condemned, with the FA saying: “We strongly condemn the incident involving a spectator that followed today’s Premier League fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. That is wholly unacceptable behaviour and we’ll work along with the police, the relevant authorities and the clubs to make sure the suitable motion is taken.”
But Keys claims Arteta was chargeable for the fan’s behaviour. “My fear is, and I’ve said it for a very long time now, that the guy in the center there (Arteta) is the one which’s most in charge for the inflammatory behaviour [on the] touchline that winds people up,” Keys said on beIN Sports.
“And if he’s not behaving himself, then it’s likely that others in his team aren’t going to either. Who ultimately then becomes the master of the discipline? There isn’t anyone.”
Keys had already tried in charge Arsenal players for winding up the Tottenham fans as he began his tirade towards the Gunners by exclaiming: “Ramsdale has got type of winding supporters up and apparently has been having an exchange in the course of the course of that second half with those Tottenham fans. Ben White as well was over there, 2-0 to Arsenal.”
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Ramsdale, himself, was asked in regards to the incident during a post-match interview. And the previous Sheffield United shot-stopper said: “The Spurs fans gave me some throughout the sport. I used to be giving some back. The people I did give it to greeted it in sportsmanlike terms but one fan tried to offer me a bit punch on the back.
“It’s a shame because it is only a game of football at the top of the day. Each sets of players tried to bring me away but thankfully nothing too drastic happened. It’s a sour taste but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it after we return into the dressing room.”