For a late challenge on Gabriel Martinelli, the Brazilian was given a straight red card in the 62nd minute, which cost Spurs the game and led to their first Premier League loss of the year.
Arsenal won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Jesus, and Thomas Partey.
Given Royal’s performance this season, some Tottenham supporters have criticised Conte for sticking with him despite the presence of Matt Doherty and Spence. In all bar one of Spurs’ eight Premier League games so far this season, Royal has started at right wing-back.
What did Conte say?
Spence made an impression while on loan at Nottingham Forest the previous season before signing with Spurs in the summer for about £20 million from Middlesbrough. Doherty, however, has suffered with injury concerns and missed the latter part of the last term due to a major knee problem.
Conte responded, “The fans have to be fans,” when it was brought out that Spurs supporters were expecting Spence may get more playing time now that Royal was suspended. I recognise that fans might believe anything, but I observe every day what takes place during practice.
“I make an effort to give the squad my best. The decisions are mine, but if they trust me, then they do. If I didn’t choose one player, it may be that he isn’t ready. We are discussing a young player with potential, but once again, I always attempt to select the greatest squad ”
Doherty also participated in every game last season. Now I can’t see him the way I should start the game. I’m not a moron, and I want to win. I make an effort to choose and field the greatest team possible. If they believe in me, that’s OK; if not, I must make the right choice for Tottenham as the coach.
What did Spence say?
Spence’s sister poked fun on Instagram after Royal received a red card in the second half, which ultimately cost Tottenham the north London derby. She said that things “could’ve been different.”
The 21-year-old was one of the Championship’s brightest talents last season, but he hasn’t been able to establish himself in the Tottenham team thus far.
When his transfer was officially announced in July, Spence said: “I’m grateful I’m here and I have the chance to play for the club. Being present here is an honour.
“I am eager to train with the club and get to know the players, staff, and management. I have a really laid-back personality and am quite modest. For me, football is everything; I’ve devoted my entire life to it. I’ll provide energy, talent, and quickness. I simply want to play well and wow the crowd.”