Kane de­nies div­ing after go­ing down at Sokratis ‘tired tackle’

Spurs striker claimed a last-minute penalty It was a 50-50 de­ci­sion for the ref­eree, he adds

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Football - at the Emi­rates Sta­dium By Sam Dean

Harry Kane de­nied that he had dived in an at­tempt to win a last­minute penalty in Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s breath­less 2-2 draw with Arse­nal.

The Eng­land cap­tain went to ground in the fi­nal mo­ments of the match after a chal­lenge by Arse­nal de­fender Sokratis in the penalty area.

Kane ap­peared to throw him­self into Sokratis but in­sisted af­ter­wards that it was a “50-50” de­ci­sion for ref­eree Martin Atkin­son.

“The de­fender made a tired tackle,” Kane said. “On half­way [line] I think I would get that foul. The ref prob­a­bly thinks I am look­ing for it. It is 50-50, I could get it in some games. In the box you don’t al­ways get them. He’s come through the back of me.”

The in­ci­dent brought a con­tro­ver­sial end to a match which Kane felt was ul­ti­mately dis­ap­point­ing for Tot­ten­ham, who sur­ren­dered a two-goal lead.

“We ex­pect to see the game out,” Kane said. “It is a shame we could not kill it off. But it is the Premier League and if you don’t kill teams off they come back at you.”

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, the Tot­ten­ham man­ager, said the point – and the clo­sure of the Euro­pean trans­fer win­dow to­day – would draw a line un­der a tur­bu­lent sum­mer at the club.

Po­chet­tino has been com­plain­ing for much of the sea­son about the lack of unity in the Tot­ten­ham squad as a re­sult of the doubts over the fu­tures of play­ers such as Chris­tian Erik­sen, who is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract. The Dane, who scored the open­ing goal at the Emi­rates, had hoped to leave this sum­mer but looks al­most cer­tain to stay after in­ter­est from Europe’s big­gest clubs failed to ma­te­ri­alise.

“The team wasn’t set­tled and I told you from day one when we started the pre-sea­son in London and then we moved to Sin­ga­pore that I wasn’t happy,” said Po­chet­tino. “I was a lit­tle bit wor­ried about the sit­u­a­tion be­cause we knew very

well what was go­ing on. But now I am op­ti­mistic, happy.

“I think the most im­por­tant thing is to be all on the same page, with the club – that the play­ers have a clear idea of where we want to ar­rive and how we need to move. [We need] clear minds, like to­day Chris­tian and dif­fer­ent play­ers.

“To­mor­row, they are go­ing to be only fo­cused 100 per cent on Tot­ten­ham, not think­ing about dif­fer­ent things that make man­age­ment so dif­fi­cult.”

Asked if he be­lieved Erik­sen was now cer­tain to stay at the club be­yond to­day’s Euro­pean dead­line, Po­chet­tino added: “No, there are still hours – one day. I don’t want to say it is im­pos­si­ble but it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult. I think noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble in foot­ball. I am op­ti­mistic. The most im­por­tant is that it’s only 24 hours. I hope that ev­ery­thing will be clear for ev­ery­one.”

Unai Emery de­fended Arse­nal cap­tain Granit Xhaka after the mid­fielder con­ceded a first-half penalty with a clumsy chal­lenge on Tot­ten­ham for­ward Son He­ung-min.

“In 90 min­utes I am very proud of his work,” said Emery. “Some mis­takes we can have and I want to use [them] to progress and im­prove. There are more pos­i­tive things col­lec­tively, in­di­vid­u­ally and with Xhaka.

“The penalty is re­ally one ac­tion that is very dis­ap­point­ing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match maybe we would speak about the mis­takes less. Re­ally there were two mis­takes in the first half and they scored two goals.”

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