Emerson Royal red card hurt Tottenham in derby, but could be blessing in long term

Emerson Royal walks off after his red card in Tottenham's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
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Emerson Royal's red card against Arsenal on Saturday may have ended Tottenham's hopes of claiming a positive result from the north London derby, but it could be a blessing for Spurs and Antonio Conte in the longer term.

The 23-year-old Brazilian was sent off for a senseless studs-up challenge on compatriot Gabriel Martinelli with Spurs 2-1 down and it was damage limitation for Conte's side after that in a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

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