Gary Neville criticises Arsenal duo Gabriel and Thomas Partey after Son Heung-min’s stunning goal for Tottenham

Tottenham star Son Heung-min celebrates his goal against Arsenal in the Premier League
Tottenham star Son Heung-min opened the scoring against Arsenal with a sensational strike (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville hailed Son Heung-min after the forward’s ‘brilliant strike’ to break the deadlock in Sunday’s north London derby and criticised Arsenal’s Gabriel and Thomas Partey for giving Harry Kane too much space in the build-up to the goal.

Mikel Arteta’s players will no doubt have done their homework on Spurs’ feared attacking duo ahead of the match but it took just 13 minutes for the pair to wreak havoc at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

England captain Kane received the ball on the edge of the centre circle before finding Son with a perfect through ball and the South Korean still had plenty of work to do, with several Arsenal defenders blocking his path to Bernd Leno’s goal.

Harry Kane provides the assist for Son's strike against Arsenal
Gabriel and Partey failed to deal with Kane in the build-up to Son’s goal (Picture: Sky Sports)

But Son was shown onto his right foot by Rob Holding and unleashed a devastating 25-yard shot past Leno to open the scoring before Kane doubled the hosts’ lead right on half-time.

‘Who is it that can pick up Harry Kane? Who’s got Harry Kane?’ ex-England and Manchester United right-back Neville said during Sky Sports‘ commentary of the game as he watched back Son’s strike.

‘Gabriel, you can’t let him there… that yard.

‘Partey as well, they’ve got to be quicker to him. Two yards off him is too far away and then you’re in trouble. They all drop off.

‘It’s a brilliant strike and he’s capable of that.’

Gary Neville looks on during Sheffield United's clash with West Ham
Neville took aim at Gabriel and Partey after Son’s stunning effort (Picture: Getty)

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp added: ‘He’s the perfect supporting act isn’t he, Son?

‘He does everything right in that strike.

‘That’s what I love about him, when you see him just cut inside, he doesn’t try to hit it too hard. He just caresses it into the corner.

‘He knows he’s got the ability and he sets it outside the goalkeeper’s left-hand side and it drifts into the net.

‘A beautiful strike and some of the great strikes are not when a player tries to hit it too hard. It’s a great controlled finish.

‘You can talk about defenders dropping off but beautiful. What a goal.’

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