Martin Tyler criticised for commentary of Lamela’s rabona goal against Arsenal

Sky Sports veteran Martin Tyler has been criticised for his commentary of Erik Lamela’s stunning rabona against Arsenal on Sunday in the north London derby.

Although Tottenham's Argentinian forward when from hero to zero with a red card in the second half, his opening strike will live long in the memory thanks to the usual nature of the technique.

However, the words of Tyler following the goal have been called out, with the iconic broadcaster choosing not to add to his long list of classic commentary pieces following special strikes.

With some viewers even speculating whether the experienced broadcaster missed the method in which the goal was scored, others picked up on the response of co-commentator Alan Smith.

Tyler said after the memorable strike: “It’s gone in, Erik Lamela has arrived with a goal.

“Spurs, having soaked up some Arsenal pressure to lead in the derby, and you can see what it means to the players. No crowd or what – they’re fired up.”

After Alan Smith praised Lamela over a replay, Tyler added: “That’s brilliant.”

Meanwhile on BBC Radio 5 Live, former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison said: "I can't believe what I've just witnessed. It's one of the goals of the season.”

With correspondent John Murray adding: "I don't think I'll ever see a goal like that again live.”

Arsenal legend and former Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg told Sky Sports: "The goal is insane.

“It's probably the best one I've ever seen, the technique, the power and keeping it down – he even gets a bit of curl on it to take it back in.”

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  • Tyler’s finest hour in the commentary box came during Manchester City’s title winning season back in 2011, with Sergio Aguero scoring a last gasp winner as all hope looked lost.

    He said: "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again! So watch it, drink it in."

    Tyler said on reflection: "I get asked sometimes: 'Did you have that ready to say?' and I go, how on earth can you imagine a scenario like that?!”

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