Martin Keown takes aim at Gary Neville.
Martin Keown has hit out at Gary Neville for his commentary during Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 North London derby win over Arsenal on Thursday night.
Spurs came out on top in a match that could have huge consequences in the race for Champions League qualification, with Antonio Conte’s men now just one point behind the Gunners with two games to play.
As an ex-Arsenal defender, Keown was naturally disappointed at the result but instead of taking aim at the players or the referee, as manager Mikel Arteta did, he has gone for his former England teammate and the Sky Sports production of the game as a whole.
Martin Keown suggests Gary Neville Spurs bias.
The first half of the game involved two major refereeing decisions – the awarding of a penalty to Spurs for a Cedric Soares foul on Son Heung-Min, and then the sending off of Rob Holding for two bookable offences towards the same opponent.
“I thought last night there was quite a lot of replays every time there was an Arsenal player that made a foul and suddenly, you don’t see too many replays when there is a Spurs player involved,” Keown said on talkSPORT.
🎙 “The commentary team were maybe going one way than the other…”
🎥 “There were a lot of replays when an Arsenal player made a foul!”
🤔 “@GNev2 was very quick to say that was a penalty in real time.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 13, 2022
“I’m just giving my opinion.”
“Gary Neville was very quick to say that was a penalty in real time,” Keown continued, before it was put to him by presenter Jim White that Neville was working as a co-commentator and not as a player, and was paid to give his opinion on the action.
“I’m just giving you my opinion, what you’re paying me for and I’m saying he was very quick to say that was a penalty.”
Whether he was right or wrong, it was a fairly tetchy showing from Keown in the talkSPORT studio and given, Neville’s online presence, it might not be long before he sends a return barb in the direction of his old Premier League foe.
Bad to WORSE for Arsenal… RED CARD 🟥
Rob Holding catches Son and gets a second yellow! pic.twitter.com/Y0j6VHvPfd
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 12, 2022
Champions League race hots up.
A win for Arsenal last night would have guaranteed them Champions League football next season for the first time since 2016/17, but a Harry Kane brace appeared to put paid that before the half-time whistle was blown.
Son added a third just after the break to move Tottenham to within a point of their arch-rivals, with just two matches left to play for each club.
Spurs host Burnley on Sunday before travelling to Norwich City on the final day, while Arsenal face an away game at Newcastle United on Monday night, before taking on Everton at home.
Chelsea, in third place, need just two points from their final two matches to secure their spot in next year’s Champions League.