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BBC pundit criticises Nketiah after dive from Arsenal striker against Spurs

Matthew Upson has BBC Sport that Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah did dive in the Tottenham penalty area in the opening two minutes of the North London derby.

Understandably, there was an incredible atmosphere that welcomed the two teams onto the pitch on Thursday. It is surely the biggest derby between the two for a long time with fourth spot in the Premier League up for grabs.

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Spurs realistically have to win with Arsenal four points clear. There are two games remaining after tonight’s game. Nevertheless, it seemed to be Arsenal who made the fastest start.

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The Gunners pressed high and did well at stopping Tottenham getting out of their own half during the opening seconds of the contest. And it seemed that they may end up with a shout for a penalty when Nketiah went down after a challenge from Eric Dier.

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The ball made its way through to Hugo Lloris. And some Arsenal fans may have hoped that the challenge would be something that VAR would look at.

However, replays showed that Nketiah went to ground too easily. And Upson was critical of the Arsenal striker for his actions.

“It is a dive. I don’t think Eric Dier gets any of the ball, he slides alongside him and Eddie Nketiah just goes to ground,” he told BBC Sport.

Nketiah unable to replicate fast start at weekend with disappointing dive

Of course, Nketiah is getting used to being involved in a talking point in the opening two minutes of games. At the weekend, it was the Arsenal star who capitalised on a terrible mistake from Illan Meslier to break the deadlock against Leeds.

Unfortunately, he was making an impact for a different reason against Spurs with a moment of poor sportsmanship.

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