Twitter Reacts as Son Heung-min & Juan Foyth Are Both Sent Off for Tottenham Against Bournemouth

​Tottenham’s end-of-season dip looks set to continue as they are being held 0-0 away to Bournemouth, and Son Heung-min’s red card summed up a frustrating week for Spurs.

Having missed out on the midweek defeat to Ajax in the Champions League semi-final through suspension, the South Korean was restored to the starting XI at the Vitality Stadium to inject renewed attacking impetus into Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

However, Son did not even make it through the first half of the Premier League encounter, as the forward was dismissed two minutes before the interval on the south coast.

The forward committed a foul on ​Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, before Jefferson Lerma intervened by brushing Son’s leg. That drew a heated response from the ​Tottenham forward, as he responded by pushing Lerma, who subsequently threw himself to the floor.

In truth, the South Korean’s actions were more out of frustration than malice, but Lerma’s dramatic reaction no doubt played a part in Craig Pawson’s decision to show Son a straight red card for his actions.






The decision appeared to be a harsh one, particularly given that acts of aggression are largely out of character for Son, but it was perhaps naive of the Tottenham star to engage in such an altercation off the ball.

Lerma certainly did not do himself any favours with his theatrics, but he has handed his side a huge advantage in ensuring that his side could play the full duration of the second half without the threat of the visitors’ most dangerous attacker.

To make matters worse for Spurs, Juan Foyth lunged in recklessly with a dangerous challenge on Jack Simpson just three minutes into the second half, leaving Pawson with little choice but to brandish a second red card in remarkably quick succession, with the visitors now down to nine men.



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In what is a season-defining week for Tottenham, their character and resolve face almost as big a test at the Vitality Stadium as they will in days to come.

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Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal’s Player of the Year Can Elevate the Club to Bigger & Better Things

​​Alexandre Lacazette won the gong for Arsenal player of the year on Friday morning, a day after scoring two vital goals in his side’s 3-1 win over Valencia in their semi-final first leg. 

“If the mark of an elite forward is to make the difference when their team needs it most, then take a quick glance at Laca’s campaign.”

A campaign in which he has scored 18 goals across all competitions, 11 of those goals giving his side the lead, stepping up to the mark when his manager needed him most and asserting himself as as an unarguable ‘elite’ striker. 

He has proven he can score goals against the best, finding the net against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, while also providing assists against Manchester United both home and away. 

The term ‘elite striker’ is one which has haunted Arsenal fans since the departure of club hero Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United in 2012. A deal which saw their talisman score 20 goals for United, allowing him to receive his first and only Premier League winners’ medal.

Since then, a succession of forwards have failed to make their mark for the Gunners, ultimately leaving them scrapping for a place in the top four and more often than not, reminiscing on the days of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Van Persie, all whom portrayed the ‘elite striker’ mantra, and brought with it silverware. 

Now, with the arrival of Lacazette, Arsenal have finally found a player who can not only win them games, but can win them titles. 

A European title is very much on the cards this season and if achieved, Arsenal could enter a spotlight in which they have previously been hidden from, announcing themselves on the biggest stage and reaping the rewards that come with it. 

A higher calibre player will undoubtedly want to play alongside Lacazette and perform in the biggest competitions, giving his side leverage in the transfer market and finally being able to make that push for a domestic title which they have been starved of for the last 15 years. 

The partnership Lacazette has formed with ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is formidable, with 43 goals between them in their maiden season together; truly one of the most potent duos in European football. 

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With admiration and respect, comes a desire and wish for what others have, meaning Arsenal will likely have to fend off a number of interested parties come the summer transfer window. 

It has already been ​reported this week that Spanish giants ​Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking options, and see ​Lacazette as an option to do just that. The lure of the Nou Camp would turn the head of any player, so it remains to be seen whether Emery can keep his star at the Emirates amid the speculation. 

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Should he stay put this summer and continue to perform the way he has done over the last two seasons, there is no reason as to why ​Arsenal’s ‘elite striker’ can’t propel Emery’s men into the realms of the ‘European elite’ in the near future. 

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Huddersfield vs Man United: Jan Siewert’s Best Available Terriers Lineup

​Huddersfield Town host Manchester United this weekend in what will be the club’s final home game in the top division for at least one season, as they prepare for a return to the Championship.

The side have lost their last nine league games and will be desperate to give their home fans something to cheer, having served up just two victories at the John Smith’s Stadium all campaign.

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To get the victory they will have to add to their tally of nine goals scored at home this season and here is how Jan Siewert could set his side up to try and get the three points.

Here is how they could​ lineup to face Man Utd.


Goalkeeper & Defence

Jonas Lossl (GK) – The 30-year-old has returned to the side following Ben Hamer’s injury and, with Hamer not certain to be fit for the weekend, Lossl will keep his place.

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Tommy Smith (RB) – Despite Florent Hadergjonaj being fit enough to regain his place in the squad, club captain Smith is expected to keep his place on the right side of the back four.

Christopher Schindler (CB) – Recently voted as the club’s player of the year and is fully deserving of the reward after a strong season, despite being part of a defence which has conceded 74 goals in the Premier League.

Terence Kongolo (CB) – Huddersfield’s record signing has struggled at times this season and was unable to contain the Liverpool front three last Friday but should start ahead of Mathias Jorgensen.

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Erik Durm (LB) – Still appears to be coming to terms with the pace of English football despite approaching the end of his first season but has shown signs of improvement recently so should stay ahead of Chris Lowe at left back.


Midfield

Jon Stankovic (CDM) – The Slovenian came into the side at Anfield last week in an attempt to add more defensive solidity in midfield. Despite being unable to contain Liverpool he may well be asked to do the same job at the weekend, particularly if Aaron Mooy fails a late fitness test.

Elias Kachunga (RM) – The DR Congo international is yet to score this season but Siewert may choose to use his direct running style to cause problems for a United defence which has not kept a clean sheet in 13 games.

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Jonathan Hogg (CM) – The tough-tackling midfielder has been a virtual ever-present this season and his energy and aggression will be vital in combatting the likes of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera on Sunday.

Juninho Bacuna (CM) – The Netherlands Under-21 international has become a key figure since Siewert took over and will keep his place in the middle of the park.

Isaac Mbenza (LM) – The 23-year-old winger is still yet to find the back of the net for Huddersfield but has started the last two games and should make that three in a row against United.


Attack

Karlan Grant

Karlan Grant (ST) – The January signing has been excellent since arriving at the club and is already the team’s top scorer for the season. The Terriers will have a fight on their hands to keep him in the summer but would be wise to do so, as he looks to be their best chance of returning to the top flight.

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Huddersfield vs Man United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Best Available Red Devils Lineup

​Manchester United travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday to face Huddersfield Town, knowing only a victory will do as they continue their fight for place in next year’s UEFA Champions League. 

The 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea last week means United remain in sixth and are three points behind the Blues with just two games left.

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Trouble is stirring at Old Trafford with plenty of players under-performing, and seemingly keen to leave the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some big decisions to make regarding his team selection.

However, whatever side he picks, the Norwegian will be confident of getting maximum points against the league’s bottom club, who have won just twice at their home ground all season.

Here is how United could line up ​this weekend.


Goalkeeper & Defence

David De Gea

David De Gea (GK) – The biggest decision Solskjaer has to make is what to do in goal, with De Gea making costly mistakes in recent weeks which have cost the club at home and in Europe. The manager has said he will continue to back the Spain international and that is not expected to change this weekend despite some fans calling for Sergio Romero to start.

Ashley Young (RB) – The 33-year-old has drawn the ire of United supporters in recent weeks but has been a regular performer under Solskjaer and the stand-in captain should continue in the side ahead of Diogo Dalot.

Chris Smalling (CB) – With Eric Bailly picking up a season-ending knee injury against Chelsea, Smalling is due to come back into the side to resume his partnership with Victor Lindelof, which has been United’s most consistent defensive pairing this season.

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Victor Lindelof (CB) – The Swedish international has been one of the few players to have come out of this campaign with his stock improved having asserted himself as the club’s first-choice centre half.

Luke Shaw (LB) – The 23-year-old is now showing the form that earned him his £30m move to United in 2014 and the England defender is sure to start again on Sunday, having become one of the most important players in the side.


Midfield

Ander Herrera (CM) – The Spanish midfielder remains a key player in the United midfield and was excellent against Chelsea last week. The 29-year-old disappointingly appears to be on his way to Paris Saint Germain this summer however/

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Scott McTominay (CM) – The academy product has been a revelation in recent weeks and fully deserves to start ahead of Nemanja ​Matic in the middle of the park. His energy and forward passing could be crucial against a dogged Huddersfield side.

Paul Pogba (CM) – The French enigma is once again blowing more cold than hot and was ineffective in the huge recent games against BarcelonaManchester City and Chelsea. Will no doubt keep his place in midfield however, and will be looking to add to the two goals he scored against the Terriers in the reverse fixture in December.


Attack

Juan Mata (RW) – The 31-year-old has recently been offered a new contract by United and he proved why they should keep him with a goal against his former side last Sunday.

Marcus Rashford (ST) – The England forward should be fit to start despite having to come off after just over an hour against Chelsea. Remains vital to the way the Red Devils want to play and should stay in the starting XI, despite not scoring since the game against Watford at the end of March.

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Anthony Martial (LW) – Like Rashford, the 23-year-old has not scored since the Watford match and drew criticism this week from his manager and the fans for a lack of effort in the warm up ahead of the Chelsea game. 

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Arsenal vs Brighton: Chris Hughton’s Best Available Seagulls Lineup

​Brighton visit Arsenal on Sunday afternoon hoping to get the three points they need to ensure their Premier League status for a third season.

The Seagulls are 17th, a place and four points above Cardiff City, but the gap could be down to one if the Bluebirds beat Crystal Palace at home 24 hours earlier.

Chris Hughton’s men gained a valuable point in their last game against Newcastle United and will want to build on that. However, they are without a win on the road since March and have never won away at Arsenal. 

Here’s how Hughton could set his side out for this difficult fixture.


Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Matt Ryan (GK) – Always dependable, Ryan has kept Brighton in certain games this season and kept scores down when they could have had an adverse effect on their goal difference.

Bruno (RB) – The captain has been at the club since 2012 and at 38 years old, has won his place back from Martin Montoya – starting three of the last four games.

Shane Duffy (CB) – The commanding Irishman has only missed three games this season and is a threat in the opposition penalty area, scoring five goals in the ​Premier League 

Lewis Dunk (CB) – Along with Duffy, Dunk put on a defensive masterclass in the team’s last away game at Tottenham. It took a long range goal from Christian Eriksen for Spurs to snatch all three points in that game and the duo will need the same rearguard action on Sunday to keep ​Arsenal at bay.

Bernardo (LB) – After signing from RB Leipzig last summer, the Brazilian had to wait for his opportunity in the first team but has established himself as the first choice left-back at the club.


Midfielders 

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​Anthony Knockaert (RM) – Made his return from suspension against Newcastle, last time out and is pushing for a place in the starting XI here.

Beram Kayal (CM) – With Davy Propper sidelined, Kayal should retain his place after a decent showing in his last match.

Pascal Groß (CM) – Scored the crucial equaliser in Brighton’s previous game and if he hadn’t been injured earlier this campaign, who knows what Brighton could have achieved this season.

Dale Stephens (CM) – Never shirks a challenge, Stephens will need to be at his sharpest to keep Mesut Ozil quite.

Solly March (LM) – The 24-year-old hasn’t started the last two games but should start in place of the injured Jose Izquierdo. March is ​Brighton through and through and will do whatever it takes to keep them up.


Forward

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Glenn Murray (ST) – He may not have scored in seven games but Murray is still the Seagulls top scorer. If Knockaert and Groß can create chances for him, he’ll be a goalscoring threat – particularly in the air.

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