‘Nail’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham) scored two goals. Tottenham unfortunately recorded a draw.
Tottenham drew 2-2 against Arsenal in the 6th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) held at the Emirates Stadium in London, England on the 24th (Korean time). The match, which attracted a lot of attention as it was the first North London derby of the season between Tottenham and Arsenal, who were undefeated, ended in a draw after being played in a manner where Arsenal took the lead and Tottenham chased down. Tottenham, who lost both North London derbies last season, broke their losing streak with a draw this season. Tottenham, who had 4 wins, 2 draws, and undefeated since the opening game, reached 14 points. The ranking dropped to 4th place. Tottenham continued their multi-goal streak in six consecutive games after the opening. Arsenal also recorded the same number of points, 14, but was ranked 5th due to goal difference.
Son Heung-min, who started as a starter, once again showed off his skills. He scored multiple goals. The goal on this day was Son Heung-min’s 150th goal in a Tottenham uniform. With this goal, Son Heung-min, who scored his 7th goal in the North London Derby, surpassed legendary players from Tottenham and Arsenal such as Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale, and Robin van Persie, and ranked 4th in the North London Derby’s total score. First place is Harry Kane, who moved to Bayern Munich. He scored 14 goals. Second place is Emmanuel Adebayor with 10 goals. Adebayor played for both teams. Robert Piré is in third place with 8 goals. Son Heung-min, who scored his 5th goal this season, ranked second in scoring behind Erling Haaland (Man City), who scored 8 goals. Son Heung-min, who played for Hamburg and Leverkusen, is now only one goal away from reaching his 200th goal since entering Europe.
Son Heung-min appeared as a frontline striker on this day. ‘Nail’ has been restarted. The start of the nail-biting match was against Burnley. Son Heung-min scored a hat trick in the 4th round match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, England on the 3rd. It was Son Heung-min’s league-leading goal this season and his first hat-trick in the league. It was his fourth hat trick in the EPL career. Son Heung-min, who faithfully played the role of a helper in the previous three games, showed off his amazing decision-making power as soon as he transformed into a problem solver on this day. Son Heung-min defeated Burnley by scoring in succession in the 16th minute of the first half, the 18th minute of the second half, and the 21st minute of the second half. His first goal was a unique sprint that created an opportunity for attack. He calmly exchanged passes with Solomon and shook the opponent. Son Heung-min split the goal with a spectacular right-footed chip shot that completely fooled the opposing goalkeeper and two defenders. In the 18th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min received Solomon’s pass and struck the net with another calm shot. Three minutes later, he scored with a neat left-footed shot off Foro’s pass, completing his hat trick. It was a goal that shone through proper penetration and finishing. It was a fantasy goal that everyone felt was a masterpiece and showed Son Heung-min’s ability. Tottenham won 5-2 thanks to Son Heung-min’s outstanding performance.
They were recognized for their performance by being named to the Team of the Week by the BBC, the Team of the Week by the EPL Secretariat, and the Top 5 League Teams of the Week by WhoScored.com. Coach Enze Postecoglou also said, “One of the reasons why we did not bring in a replacement for Harry Kane is Son Heung-min. He has all the characteristics, whether in the center or on the wing. He can play in any system. The way we play. “He is ideal,” he emphasized. He suggested that Son Heung-min will be used at the forefront in the future.
In the 5th round against Sheffield on the 16th, Son Heung-min was at the forefront again. But it looked disappointing. He failed to increase his attack points. He had a poor performance. He had only one effective shot and no key passes. WhoScored.com gave Son Heung-min 6 points, the lowest rating in Tottenham. Football London also gave the team the lowest rating of 6, saying they ‘couldn’t find a way out in the center’. Struggling against the opponent’s dense defense. Son Heung-min, who showed movement close to zero in the game against Burnley, was able to make use of his speed through momentary penetration and score three goals. However, there was no scene like this against Sheffield. Sheffield used 10 backs and completely blocked the back space. Son Heung-min frequently came down to midfield and tried to draw in the opposing defenders, but Sheffield did not budge. Son Heung-min, whose body was heavy due to the aftermath of the international match, rarely took advantage of the opportunity. Except for a right-footed kick shot from the left side of the penalty box in the 20th minute of the first half, there was no scene that came close to scoring.
Of course, he put strong pressure from the front and helped the team, but he was unable to give the team the weight of being the top player. Son Heung-min was eventually substituted in the 35th minute of the second half. Louis Saah, a former French national team legend, said, “When Tottenham is dominant and playing against a weak team, Son Heung-min’s use of number 9 can be effective. However, in more difficult and stiff games (top-tier teams, rivalry games), Son Heung-min’s use of number 9 can be effective.” He pointed out, “Central appointments can be problematic.” When we went out as ‘nails’ again, it was a game where we had a clear task of how to solve the situation when the opponent was playing in a tight defense and down position. Son Heung-min also said after the game, “There is definitely something to analyze about my game.”
While Son Heung-min was sluggish, Richarlison showed signs of resurgence. When the team was down 0-1 in the Sheffield game, coach Postekoglou decided to play ultra-powerful attacking soccer with only one defender, and it paid off. They scored two goals in extra time, completing the ‘late’ comeback win in EPL history. The main character was Richarlison. Richarlison, who came on in the 35th minute of the second half, equalized with a header from a corner kick in the 53rd minute. It was his first league goal this season. Richarlison, riding on the momentum, assisted Dejan Kulusevski’s ‘great goal’ two minutes later. Richarlison, who wore a Tottenham uniform last season for 60 million pounds, the club’s highest ever, suffered his worst slump, scoring only one goal last season and no goals this season.
Richarlison finally spoke. In an interview with Brazil’s Globu on the 14th, he confessed, “I went through a period of upheaval off the field over the past five months.” He continued, “Now everything is back to normal. Those who only looked at my money have left,” and “Now the situation (surrounding me) will work out again, and then I will rise again with good results at Tottenham.” Richarlison did not specifically reveal what problem he was suffering from, but Globu reported that he recently parted ways with his agent, who had been with him since the beginning of his career.
Richarlison also shared the reason for his hot tears during the match against Bolivia. He also started against Bolivia (5-1 Brazil win) on the 9th, but failed to score a single goal and was replaced by Hwang Hee-chan’s teammate Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton) in the 26th minute of the second half. However, immediately after the replacement, Richarlison was captured crying on the bench, attracting attention. He explained, “It wasn’t because of my performance, it was because I was angry about what was happening off the field. It wasn’t my problem, it was the problem of the people close to me. I couldn’t control it.” He concluded, “I will be able to come back stronger. That will include the next time I am called up to the Brazilian national football team. I will work hard to do that. I want to stay in good shape at Tottenham as well. I am planning to receive psychological counseling this week. I will play well and “You have to maintain the rhythm of the game and be in good condition,” he said.
Son Heung-min rushed to the ground as quickly as possible after the game and raised Richarlison’s hand. He hugged Richarlison and encouraged applause from the fans. Son Heung-min said, “I felt better than when I scored the goal,” and “I heard that Richarlison was having a difficult time. I felt even more heartbroken. He is a player who has a lot, but due to bad luck, he was unable to demonstrate his abilities. With today’s game, “I hope to show a stronger and more grown-up side. If he gets better in the future, it will help the team,” he said.
The British media praised Son Heung-min’s actions for demonstrating the quality of a captain. Richarlison is Son Heung-min’s teammate, but he is also his position rival. However, with the team in mind, not only fans but also experts all gave a thumbs up. Tottenham fan community ‘Spurs Web’ said, ‘This is why Son Heung-min is a fantastic captain. Son Heung-min is a person who leads by example, is selfless, and empathizes with others. He said, ‘Not many players would say or do something like this to their rivals for a best eleven spot.’ Rob Daly, a commentator for Tottenham’s official channel Spurs Play, praised Son Heung-min, saying, “Son Heung-min took Richarlison to the south stand. It was a very lovely gesture to congratulate Richarlison, who left a huge impact today.”
European soccer transfer market expert Fabricio Romano also said, “The captain’s mentality is ON… I have nothing to say. He just respects me.”
There was also speculation about Son Heung-min’s position in the British media. There were more opinions that Richarlison could move to the front line and Son Heung-min could return to left winger. However, Coach Postekoglou’s choice was once again nails. Son Heung-min once again lived up to expectations with his fantastic performance. In the 42nd minute of the first half, Son Heung-min entered the Arsenal penalty box and rushed the ball that James Madison had stabbed. In the 10th minute of the second half, he received Madison’s pass and calmly pushed it in, completing a multiple goal. Son Heung-min played 79 minutes that day and scored two goals. Although the expected score was only 0.5, he showed decisiveness that exceeded this. He had 18 touches, completing 13 of 14 passes and two key passes. I also created one big chance. He attempted a long pass once and succeeded. In defense, he succeeded in one out of two duels on the ground.
A relay of praise followed for the best performance. SofaScore gave both teams a rating of 8.7, the highest rating. Within Tottenham, only Madison, who received 7.7 points, and Guglielmo Vicario, who received 7.5 points, exceeded the 7-point range, while the rest received a low rating of 6-point range. At Arsenal, Bukayo Saka was comparable to Son Heung-min with 8.5 points. On WhoScored.com, he received an overwhelming team rating of 8.1, ranking first in the team. Madison and Vicario were second and third. The lowest point was Christian Romero, who scored an own goal. Across both teams, Saka was first with 8.2 points. Evening Standard also gave Son Heung-min the highest score of 9 points. The media said, ‘He has already scored 5 goals, which is half of the 10 goals he scored last season. He said, “He made a great performance by not only scoring but also creating a decisive chance for Brennan Johnson.” Football London gave him the second highest rating of 8 after Mickey van der Ven.
Tottenham took out the 4-2-3-1 card that day. Son Heung-min was at the forefront, and Johnson, Madison, and Dejan Kulusevski formed the second line. Johnson was his first starter after moving to Tottenham. Pape Sar and Yves Bissouma were in midfield. The back four consisted of Destiny Udozi, Romero, Van de Pen, and Pedro Forro, with Vicario guarding the goal. It was the same lineup as before except for Johnson. Arsenal, led by manager Mikel Arteta, brought out the 4-3-3 card. Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Jesus formed the top three. At the waist were Martin Odegaard, Fabio Vieira, and Declan Rice. The defense consisted of Oleksandr Zinchenko, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaengas, and Ben White. David Raya puts on goalkeeper gloves.
The game started with Tottenham taking the lead. Tottenham shot first in the 3rd minute of the first half. Madison gave it to Johnson on the left, and Johnson connected with a shot. It was caught by the defense. One minute later, Son Heung-min hit the Arsenal net. But it was offside. Son Heung-min easily diverted Bissouma’s shot from a corner kick, but it was offside to begin with. Son Heung-min disrupted the opponent’s build-up with active movements at the front line. Arsenal applied strong pressure centered on Nketiah and Odegaard, and Tottenham was unable to find a clue to their attack. Arsenal are starting to seize the opportunity. In the 13th minute, Saka’s cross was connected to Jesus. Jesus’ shot was caught by Vicario. The game slowly started to heat up. In the 15th minute, Udozi received a warning for a strong tackle on Saka, and Odegaard, who was protesting, also received a warning.
In the 16th minute, Nketiah succeeded in making an interception with strong pressure. He immediately had a one-on-one opportunity, but Viquirio narrowed the angle well and blocked the shot. Tottenham also counterattacked. Kulusevski attempted a shot in the 19th minute, but it was blocked by Raya goalkeeper. Son Heung-min launched a counterattack. An opportunity was created through a link between Kulusevski and Madison, and a free kick was obtained. Maddison’s free kick hit the Arsenal defense and flowed to Sarr, whose shot soared upward.
Arsenal scored the first goal. It was an own goal. In the 25th minute, a counterattack that started with Zinchenko’s tackle led to Odegaard, who immediately passed a pass to Saka. Saka attempted a shot after dribbling, which hit Romero’s leg and was sucked into the Tottenham goal. Saka provoked his opponent by performing Madison’s dart ceremony. Arsenal, with momentum rising, seized a golden opportunity. In the 32nd minute, Jesus stole the ball from Madison. I tried to shoot right away, but unfortunately it went wide. In the 37th minute, Odegaard attempted a mid-range shot.
Tottenham launched a counterattack. In the 38th minute, Son Heung-min launched a counterattack. Son Heung-min received Kulusevski’s pass and passed it to Johnson in the center. Johnson, who received the decisive pass, finished with a shot, but was blocked by goalkeeper Raya’s super save. Tottenham, who gained momentum, finally scored an equalizer. In the 42nd minute, Son Heung-min succeeded in scoring after receiving a pass from Madison. Son Heung-min put his finger to his lips after scoring, silencing Arsenal fans. With this one shot, the first half ended at 1-1.
In the second half, Arsenal made a change by replacing Rice and Vieira and bringing in Kai Havertz and Jorginho. Arsenal created a chance in the 5th minute of the second half. During the melee that occurred in a corner kick situation, White attempted a shot. It hit Romero’s left hand. The referee called VAR and declared a penalty kick. Saka played as a kicker and scored with a clean shot. The lead didn’t last long. It was Son Heung-min again. Son Heung-min equalized again in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from Madison. This time, Son Heung-min performed a unique snapping ceremony.
Tottenham gained momentum. During a counterattack in the 18th minute, Madison fired the ball given away by Son Heung-min. It flew high. In the 25th minute, Son Heung-min received a pass from Kulusevski and attempted a shot from the right side of the penalty box, but unfortunately it hit the side net. Arsenal also launched a counterattack. In the 32nd minute, White’s cross was hit by Nketiah, but was missed by goalkeeper Vicario. Tottenham removed Son Heung-min and Maddison and brought in Richarlison and Emile Pierre Hojbjerg in the 34th minute. Both teams fought fiercely. They fought hard without backing down even an inch.
Arsenal substitute Race Nelson attempted a powerful mid-range shot in the 39th minute. Romero blocked it with his body. The game was given 10 minutes of extra time. The battle continued even in extra time. Saka attempted a powerful shot during a corner kick in extra time, but it was blocked by goalkeeper Vicario. Tottenham also counterattacked. The ball given away by Kulusevski was sent to Richarlison, who turned around in the box and fired a shot, which was blocked by Magalhaangas. Richarlison had another chance, but this time his shot went wide of the goal. In the end, the game ended 2-2.
After the game, Son Heung-min said, “After the game, the players in the locker room seemed to have a bit of a disappointed look on their faces rather than saying they really liked them. I could see how eager the players were to win and how passionate they were in the game.” “I think this will really help the team develop further.” Regarding his feelings about playing his first North London derby as captain, he said, “There were definitely players experiencing this game for the first time, and there were quite a few young players among the starting 11, so I really emphasized the specialness of this game. We have been playing for a long time. I think I emphasized to the players a lot that we couldn’t win here (Emirates Stadium). Our players are incredibly talented players, so I once again recognized that you can show off in games like this. “I think they showed everything on the pitch by taking it well and liking the pressure,” he said.
Regarding the meaning of his 150th goal since transferring to Tottenham and his 199th goal since advancing to Europe, he said, “I am so grateful. Actually, I don’t pay much attention to this, but reporters and fans are paying a lot of attention on my behalf, so I am really grateful. “I am very grateful. I think I was able to stay in Europe for this long and score so many goals because all the players and coaches have given me so much help so far,” he said with a smile.
Coach Postekoglou did not forget to praise Son Heung-min. He praised Son Heung-min, saying, “Son Heung-min is showing amazing performance as a leader and player. I placed him in the number 9 position and he is working really hard.” He added, “Son Heung-min always thinks first about what is best for the team. I am very happy for Son Heung-min.”
Tottenham recognizes Son Heung-min’s performance and is preparing to renew his contract. On the 21st, Britain’s ’90min’ reported that ‘Tottenham is trying to sign a new long-term contract with captain Son Heung-min.’ The media reported, ‘Son Heung-min’s contract expires in 2025 and there are still more than 18 months left, but Tottenham has decided to extend Son Heung-min’s contract.’ He continued, ‘According to sources, an agreement is expected to be reached by Christmas, but negotiations could be concluded within a few weeks.’ Son Heung-min agreed to a four-year contract extension in 2021. There is still time left, but Tottenham is quickly setting up the negotiation table and trying to catch Son Heung-min. If a new long-term contract is signed, Son Heung-min will effectively retire from Tottenham.
Son Heung-min wore Tottenham’s uniform in the summer of 2016. Son Heung-min left Leverkusen and transferred to Tottenham for 30 million euros, the highest transfer fee ever for an Asian player at the time. Son Heung-min, who had some ups and downs in his first season, the 2015-2016 season, showed great success from the following year, the 2016-2017 season. Son Heung-min, who formed the DESK line with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen, played a key role in Tottenham’s attack with his unique fast speed and powerful shooting. He scored double-digit scores for 7 consecutive seasons from the 2016-2017 season to last season. Since the launch of the EPL in 1992, only 11 players have scored 10 or more goals in 7 consecutive seasons. He is a record held only by legends such as Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Sergio Aguero, and Thierry Henry.
Son Heung-min even wrote history in the 2021-2022 season. He scored 23 goals, becoming the first Asian player to become the top scorer. It was such an amazing event that former Gangwon representative Lee Young-pyo said, “It was as historic an event as mankind setting foot on the moon.”
Through Son Heung-min’s performance, Tottenham broke away from being a small and medium-sized club and rose to the ranks of big clubs. Tottenham finished second in the league in the 2016-2017 season, and advanced to the European Champions League finals for the first time in the club’s history in the 2018-2019 season. Tottenham has now grown into a club that can consistently aim to participate in the European Champions League in the EPL.
Eight years later, Son Heung-min was recognized for his performance and established himself as Tottenham’s representative. Lloris’ position weakened, and Son Heung-min was appointed to the position of Tottenham captain vacated by Kane’s departure. Maddison and Christian Romero became the new vice-captains. Son Heung-min became the second Korean EPL captain in history. Prior to Son Heung-min, the first Korean to be appointed as an official captain in the EPL was Park Ji-sung, technical director of Jeonbuk Hyundai. Director Park officially took over as captain in the 2012-2013 season at Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR), where he moved from Manchester United. Eleven years later, a Korean Captain was born.
Son Heung-min said: “It’s a real honor to be captain of this huge team. It’s a big surprise and a very proud moment. I’ve already told all the players that they must feel the responsibility of being captain, both on and off the pitch. The new season is coming and “And now it’s a new beginning. I will give everything for this uniform and the captain’s armband,” he said, expressing his thoughts and determination on becoming captain.
Coach Postekoglou also said, “Son Heung-min has already shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. That’s why he was the ideal choice to captain our team. Everyone knows Son Heung-min is world-class, and he already has tremendous respect in the locker room. “Son Heung-min fits in well with all groups within the team. It’s not just because he’s popular, it’s because Son Heung-min has achieved a lot as captain of Tottenham and the Korean national team,” he explained.
Coach Postekoglou’s appointment of Son Heung-min as captain was already anticipated to some extent in the pre-season. Coach Postekoglou recognized Son Heung-min’s leadership early on. He said, “I am looking forward to working with Son Heung-min,” and “I think he is a player who shows the qualities of a true leader.” “I think he’s like a conduit to the whole team. He’s in every group, and I don’t think it’s just because he’s popular. He has a certain standing because of what he’s done in the game,” he said. “You can see the influence he has on the group.” “It’s a good thing, and I’m not surprised that his influence is huge because we know he’s been a leader and an icon for his country. He’s got a lot of respect among the players.”
At the pre-opening press conference held on the 11th, coach Postekoglou said about the selection of captain, “I have already decided, but I cannot tell you now. The selection is scheduled to take place tomorrow, and I have watched how the players will react after the selection of captain.” revealed. In the end, the main character was Son Heung-min.
He showed off his quality as a captain early on. Son Heung-min came up with a special idea in the opening match against Brentford. In Son Heung-min’s first game wearing the captain’s armband, Tottenham held a scrum before kickoff in front of the away stands where Tottenham fans were seated, rather than the usual center. The players started the game after receiving cheers from the fans. This originated from Son Heung-min’s idea. Vice-captain James Maddison said via Football London: “Son Heung-min sent a message last night saying he had an idea. The idea was to go to the stands instead of the middle of the pitch. It was good to show that we are all in this together. The fans would have appreciated our scrum.” did.
The British media also praised it. Football London said, ‘It is not surprising that Son Heung-min took on the role of Tottenham captain, but some were still shocked at how easily he was taking the captain’s armband position so easily.’ Heung-min Son was one of the most likely candidates for the next captaincy after Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane left the team. Son Heung-min is the captain of the Korean national team, one of Tottenham’s longest-playing players, and the biggest star. However, inside Tottenham, people were still surprised that Son Heung-min became captain. He was the most popular inside Tottenham and respected by everyone, but not many people saw him as a leader. He has not been part of the leadership group that actually consists of Lloris, Kane, Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for several years. So, there was an air of surprise when coach Angie Postekoglou announced captain Son Heung-min and vice-captains Christian Romero and James Madison.토토사이트
Football London said, ‘Son Heung-min even politely asked whether he should give a speech. He talked about the upcoming season and the need and importance of training. The pride was evident and the smile on his face was overflowing. Coach Postekoglou believed that leadership can come from anywhere. In particular, we wanted the dressing room to be a space for the players and a space where the players could lead the team to success. “This is why we chose Son Heung-min as captain,” he said. “Son Heung-min led the team well in Kane’s absence.” Although he has never been a captain at club level, he is already answering the trust placed in him by manager Postekoglou. Son Heung-min went from being simply a popular player to an active leader. He took his players in front of the Tottenham fans in the opening match against Brentford. The idea that enthused fans came from Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min is establishing himself as the leader that Tottenham and manager Postekoglou needed. He praised Son Heung-min, saying, “The interaction and responsibility that Son Heung-min showed impressed the Tottenham members