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Mike Dean sensationally turns on his beloved Spurs as Arsenal take the lead in the North London derby

Referee Dean awarded a controversial free-kick in a dangerous position which directly led to Shkodran Mustafi's opener

Mike Dean has gone full Sol Campbell.

For years fans have had their suspicions that the notoriously dramatic referee had a soft spot for Spurs.

Mostly because he’s been spotted celebrating their goals…

But today Dean stabbed his lover in the back by sensationally switching allegiances to Arsenal during a crucial North London derby.

The Gunners took the lead at the Emirates via a superb Shkodran Musafti header from a set-piece.

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However the hosts were very lucky to be awarded the free-kick in the place after Davinson Sanchez was penalised for what looked to be a fantastic piece of defending.

The Colombian defender recovered well to dispossess Alexis Sanchez with a clean tackle and what understandably dismayed when Dean blew the whistle.

The referee indicated that Spurs’ Sanchez was holding Arsenal’s Sanchez’s arm but replays showed there was very little in it.

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That being said, once the decision has been made professional footballers should carry on as normal as Mauricio Pochettino will be disappointed to have conceded from a set-piece.

Although to make the goal even more contentious, Mustafi appeared to be a shade offside at the point of delivery…

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Take nothing away from the German international’s finish though — world-class.

The hosts then doubled their lead before half-time through Alexis Sanchez.

However, replays showed that Alexandre Lacazette’s arm may have also been slightly offside before providing the assist.

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Close call but big games are often won and lost on marginal decisions.

Despite the controversy, Arsenal looked worthy of the lead having had the best of the first half.


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Despite the defeat, Dele Alli managed to exact a slither of revenge on Mike Dean by nutmegging him…

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He loves a nutmeg does Dele.