'I was reading his lips': Gary Neville shares what he spotted Son Heung-min saying on Tottenham's bench last night
Tottenham Hotspur picked up a truly memorable win over Arsenal last night, and an angry Son Heung-min was involved in all the big moments of the game.
The top-four race was exactly where the Gunners wanted it to be ahead of the game last night. A win for them would’ve sealed Champions League qualification, while even a draw would’ve put them in a really strong position.
However, Spurs’ win closes the gap between the two North London clubs to just one point, and we’re set for a grandstand finish now with just two games left to play.
After winning a penalty, getting Rob Holding sent off and scoring a goal himself, Son made the headlines for his angry reaction after Antonio Conte subbed him off. Neville thinks he knows what the Korean was saying on the bench.
Gary Neville: Angry Son Heung-min wanted Harry Kane to be subbed off instead of him
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast on Sky Sports, the pundit said: “Son, he was gutted when he came off. He told us he did not care about the golden boot and then just completely blew that out of the water with the fact that he went on a massive rant at his manager, in a nice way but it was a rant.
“I think I was reading his lips on the bench at one point and he was like: ‘Why didn’t you take Harry off and not me?’ He was absolutely fuming.
“But it is a compliment for him to be taken off because he has got that energy and imagine if something had happened in the last 10 minutes or one of the Arsenal players takes him out. He is big for the last two games. But he wants that 22nd goal, he wants to be level with Mo Salah, he smelt it. He had missed a big chance on the pull-back.
“But it was nice to see him like that because he is so placid. He is a dream. Harry Kane is gold and Son is a dream of a player. Has he ever done anything wrong?”
Son was visibly upset with Conte’s decision last night. The Korean felt Arsenal were there for the taking and that he could easily have scored another goal, if not more.
However, the Tottenham boss was absolutely right to take him off.
The job was done after 46 minutes last night and there was no need for Spurs to risk anybody. An injury or suspension to Son would’ve put Tottenham in a difficult position ahead of the final two games of the season, which was not necessary at all.
Thankfully for Spurs fans, as annoyed as Son was, the Korean and Conte hugged it out after the game.
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