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Son Heung-min responds to criticism after his huge miss against Man City could cost Arsenal the title

Tottenham captain Son Heung-min has addressed the criticism against him following his crucial miss against Manchester City

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Son Heung-min has issued an apology for his late miss against Manchester City, a moment that could significantly influence the Premier League title race. 

The Tottenham captain had a golden opportunity to equalise in the final stages of Tuesday’s match against the reigning champions, a goal that would have kept Arsenal in the title hunt heading into the final day of the season.

The chance arose when Brennan Johnson capitalised on an error from Manuel Akanji, setting up Son with a clear path to goal but his typically reliable finishing let him down, and Stefan Ortega’s outstretched leg preserved the lead for Pep Guardiola’s side, much to the relief of the City manager.

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Son Heung-min miss against Manchester City

Son Heung-min big miss against Manchester City (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal supporters, frustrated by the miss, accused Son of deliberate misconduct, a claim that added to the intense scrutiny following the match. The missed opportunity was also a severe blow for Tottenham, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dashed after suffering their fifth defeat in six games.

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“I’m also human,” Son told the Evening Standard, addressing his error publicly for the first time. “The keeper made a really good decision and made himself really big. But I take responsibility for not scoring that big chance for the team, because the team was working really hard and trying to get a good result.”

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has faced backlash from Spurs fans following his emotional reaction to the defeat. The loss led him to question the “fragile foundations” he fears underpin the club.

“We should understand it’s the gaffer’s first year, and he brought so much positivity and different football,” Son said, defending his manager. “I know it’s early to say, but we’ve got to do much better for next season because I still believe he can bring a lot of success to the club. 

“I’m all in. I’m loving the way he wants to play. It’s the first time I’ve experienced it. Everybody—the club, the players, also the fans—everybody has to step up because we have to be all together in this. He’s definitely shown he can bring success to the club.”

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