TOTTENHAM star Son Heung-min has spoken of his disappointment at being taken off during the North London derby win against Arsenal.
The 29-year-old scored just after half-time in the 3-0 victory against the Gunners to bring up 21 Premier League goals for the season.
He now trails Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah by just one goal in the race to win the Golden Boot.
But despite Arsenal down to ten-men and struggling to deal with the South Korea international and Harry Kane, Antonio Conte made the decision to bring Son off in the 72nd minute.
The ex-Bayer Leverkusen forward looked devastated as he walked off the pitch, with the player having to be consoled by Conte.
Son, who starred as Spurs closed the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal to just a point, has declared that Conte took him off as a precaution ahead of Sunday’s clash against Burnley.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he said: “I want to play always but it is the manager’s decision. I need to accept that.
“He said we have an important game on Sunday so not a big deal. I am not angry just disappointed because I came off but I move on.
“I just want to keep playing. There is no such thing as 100 per cent chances to get goals, they were one man down but I just want to play.
“We have a big game on Sunday and we need to be fresh to help the team.”
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Son was elbowed by Rob Holding in the first half, with the defender shown a second yellow card over the foul.
Commenting on the red card, Son said: “I couldn’t see because I was down! I was running into space and he blocked the run.
“The ball is coming or not it was a dangerous challenge for me.
“We have VAR so if there was no yellow card VAR checks it but for me it was a clear foul.”