‘Ridiculous’ – Arsenal legend fumes at referee for not taking action against Spurs star

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Kevin Campbell has admitted that he is baffled by how Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg escaped without a booking in the North London derby on Sunday after making a number of fouls. 

Spurs were over-run in the first-half of the game, with the home side slicing through the Tottenham midfield at will.

Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele were left chasing shadows and were unable to deal with the movement off the ball from the likes of Emile Smith Rowe.

Spurs were fortunate to go into the half-time break with the score level but lady luck did not shine on Jose Mourinho’s men in the second half when the home side were handed an extremely soft penalty before Erik Lamela received his marching orders to severely dent their chance of grabbing an equaliser.

Campbell felt that Hojbjerg was allowed to get away with too many tactical fouls by referee Michael Oliver.

The former Arsenal striker told Football Insider: “I will tell you this much, how he did not get booked is beyond me.

“Hojbjerg never got booked and he did something like 15 fouls! It was nothing short of ridiculous.”

The North London derby was arguably one of Hojbjerg’s poorest performances this season and Campbell claimed that the Dane was outclassed by the Arsenal midfield.

He added:He is a player who tries to stem the tide but he could not do that against us. 

“He was overrun in the midfield. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka bossed it in there.

“Ndombele and Hojbjerg are good players but Arsenal were far better on the day. They need to hold their hands up and move on.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Given that our forwards were not pressing Arsenal high up the pitch in the first-half, Ndombele and Hojbjerg were always going to have a tough time since they were out-numbered in midfield. 

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