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Eric Dier hits out at 'game-changing' decision in Arsenal defeat

Eric Dier slams referee Mike Dean for awarding Arsenal a free kick in the build-up to their opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur, which he describes as 'game-changing'.

Tottenham Hotspur ace Eric Dier has admitted that his side's 2-0 loss to Arsenal was all the more difficult to accept because of referee Mike Dean's "disappointing" decision to let the opening goal stand.

The Lilywhites were undone by first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium, as they tasted defeat against their North London rivals for the first time in three years.

Dier believes that Dean is to blame for the loss after a number of big decisions went the home side's way, including for Mustafi's goal as the defender appeared to be offside, converting from a free kick that was also contentious in its nature.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, the England international said: "There is so much on the line, for a goal to be decided in the manner it was is very disappointing. It changed the game.

"I don't want to get in trouble but everyone can see it. If that's a foul then soon we won't be able to touch each other. Nobody wants that. But there can be no excuses."

Mauricio Pochettino has lost four of his last six London derbies as Spurs boss - the same number he had lost in his previous 18.

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3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City18171056124452
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd18132339112841
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
5Burnley189541612432
6Liverpool1787234201431
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs1894531181331
8Leicester CityLeicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth174491520-516
17Stoke CityStoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1843111627-1115
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom182881224-1214
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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