Martin Keown speaks on Chelsea v Tottenham clash

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The Arsenal legend admitted it was an ugly affair at Stamford Bridge.

 

Speaking to The Mail, ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown admitted that Tottenham Hotspur's behaviour in Monday's visit to Chelsea was not good to see.

Spurs' Premier League title bid went up in smoke at Stamford Bridge as Mauricio Pochettino's side fluffed a two-goal lead in a result which saw Leicester City crowned champions of England.

The contest was fiercely entertaining, with second-half goals from Gary Cahill and a stunner from Eden Hazard seven minutes from time winning a point for the Blues, but it will perhaps be remembered for a number of ugly incidents which somewhat marred the event.

Mousa Dembele has been slapped with a six-match ban for allegedly eye gouging striker Diego Costa in an incident shortly before half time, whereas a brief melee ensued at the end in which players and staff on both sides became embroiled in a scuffle.

The likes of Hazard and Cesc Fabregas had admitted before a ball was kicked that they did not want Tottenham to win the league, and a whole host of Chelsea players - including Costa, of course - looked intent to unsettle the Lilywhites via provocative behaviour.

Although Keown admits that Chelsea players baited their North London neighbours, the Arsenal legend says that he did not like seeing Spurs fall for the trap.

"There was provocation but that doesn’t excuse Tottenham’s behaviour. Dembele went far too far with Costa, a man who always adds fuel to the fire. Then in the final moments they completely lost their heads and it was not good to see,"he said to The Mail.

 

Tottenham will almost definitely finish ahead of Arsenal for the first time in 21 years if they beat Southampton this afternoon, while the Gunners visit Manchester City for their penultimate clash of the season.

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