Tottenham star Son hailed after controversial Arsenal footage - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

14th May, 2022 | 9:23am

Heung-min Son is 'up for a fight' as controversial Tottenham footage analysed - pundit

Noel Whelan has lauded Tottenham star Heung-min Son for winning the “battle” against Arsenal’s Rob Holding in Thursday’s derby.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker claimed the South Korea ace, 29, kept his “composure” against the “overly aggressive” Gunners defender.

In footage relayed by Sky Sports from Thursday’s game, Holding and Son were involved in a number of incidents in the opening 32 minutes of the game, which culminated in the former of the pair being sent off.

However, Son appeared to swing an elbow at the defender when the duo were grappling on the floor.

Whelan insisted the Tottenham star “had to give a little bit back” and ultimately came out on top.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think Son was professional. When you’ve got a player who’s niggling, kicking, coming from behind, being overly aggressive at times, you have to give a little bit back.

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“You can’t just sink into the turf, he’s got to show that he’s up for a fight. I think Son did it in a very professional way. He didn’t lose his composure, he got back up, he kept running behind and testing Rob Holding.

“There was a real battle there but I do believe that the battle was won by Son. He showed that composure and that professionalism just to get back up and keep doing what he knows he can do best? It forced Rob Holding into these silly errors.”

Son scored Tottenham’s third of the 3-0 win.

He has netted 21 times in 33 appearances in the Premier League this season.

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