Arsenal boss says ‘this is a goal’ as soon as he sees SON + makes a face with both hands → doesn’t blame defense

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knew it was a goal. He covered his face with both hands before the goal even went in. But he didn’t blame the defense. The scorer was Tottenham Hotspur captain Son Heung-min.

Son started and scored two goals in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the sixth round of the 2023-2024 Premier League at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, on April 24 (ET).

The Gunners were awarded a penalty kick in the 54th minute with the score 1-1. Tottenham central defender Christian Romero committed a handball foul while blocking a shot with his body. Xhaka calmly converted the penalty.

Arsenal took a 2-1 lead and the Emirates Stadium went into a frenzy. Xhaka mimicked Tottenham playmaker James Maddison’s signature celebration, much to the chagrin of the North London faithful.

The celebrations lasted less than two minutes. 98 seconds later, Son Heung-min equalized. Heung-min doused the Arsenal crowd with cold water. Arteta shook his head.

As decisive as Son was, Arsenal had made a defensive mistake first. Declan Rice, a key part of the midfield, was taken off at the start of the second half with a suspected injury. Jorginho, who came on for Rice, made a crucial mistake.

Jorginho made an unnecessary dribble in the buildup from the back. Madsen pressed and Son Heung-min cut off the pass. Jorginho loses control and loses the ball to Madison.

There was only one defender in front of Madison and Son, the goalkeeper. With Son’s finishing ability, the chance of a mistake here was close to zero.

Arteta knew as soon as Jorginho lost possession. He covered his face with both hands, unable to hide his despair. Madsen played a pass to Son Heung-min, who took on the keeper. Heung-min split the Arsenal goal with a direct shot. Arteta could only turn his head.

Heung-min and Maddison had done their jobs. Arteta didn’t blame Jorginho. “I believe in him (Jorginho),” Arteta said, according to Sky Sports. Mistakes are part of football. We are all on his side,” he said, implying that Tottenham deserved credit for not capitalizing on their own mistakes.