After unsavoury scenes overshadowed the North London Derby, Richard Keys somehow claims Arsenal are to blame for what unfolded.
Richard Keys was speaking following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Spurs that stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
A terrible own goal from Hugo Lloris followed by a great strike from captain Martin Odegaard piled further misery on to Antonio Conte's side, who are now five points of the top four, having played a game more than Manchester United.
The problems at Spurs have mounted, and defeat to their biggest rivals is the last thing they needed.
Tensions boiled over after the game, as Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was confronted by Richarlison when getting his gloves and water, before Ramsdale was kicked by a Spurs fan in a completely unprovoked attack, causing both sets of players to get involved.
Arsenal go 8️⃣ points clear at the top of the table with a 2-0 North London derby win 🔝🔴
Tensions boil over as the full-time whistle blows at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 😳 pic.twitter.com/iYppuJ6dyM
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2023
Richard Keys Blames Arsenal For Fan's Actions
There can be no excuse for those type of actions in football, no matter how big a rivalry the clubs may share. The fan should face a lengthy ban from the stadium for such senseless actions.
However, after the chaos settled, Bein Sports presenter Richard Keys was somehow trying to justify the actions of the fan's dangerous attack.
According to Keys, the recent sideline antics of Mikel Arteta, which have been recently under the spotlight, along with Ramsdale and Ben White, are to blame for today's actions.
🗣️ "The guy in the middle there [Arteta] is most to blame for the inflammatory behaviour touchline that winds people up!"@richardajkeys has his say on the post-match scenes following the North London derby. #beINPL #TOTARS ⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/UhZbxItIqY
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 15, 2023
Ramsdale has got form of winding supporters up, apparently he's been having an exchange during that second half with the Tottenham fans, Ben White was over there as well at 2-0 to Arsenal.
My fear is and I've said it for a long time now, the guy in the middle there (Arteta), is the one that's most to blame for the inflammatory behaviour on the touchline that winds people up, and if he's not behaving himself, then it's likely others in his time aren't going to either."
Quite embarrassing stuff from Richard Keys, attempting to provide excuses for that type of behaviour.