Friday 20 September 2019

'It made the goal a little bit sweeter' - Dele Alli hit by bottle as Spurs get revenge on Arsenal

Arsenal 0 Spurs 2

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - December 19, 2018 Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - December 19, 2018 Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Martyn Herman

Tottenham Hotspur gained revenge over north London rivals Arsenal as goals by Son Heung-min and Dele Alli earned a 2-0 victory on Wednesday to put them into the League Cup semi-finals.

Seventeen days after losing 4-2 in a pulsating Premier League clash, in-form Tottenham returned to the Emirates to gain their first away victory over Arsenal in eight years.

Son opened the scoring against the run of play with a stylish 24th-minute effort and Alli’s superb second on the hour proved enough for Tottenham to progress to the last four.

Alli was hit on the head by a plastic bottle thrown by somebody in the crowd and addressed the incident after the game.

It is what it is. It made the goal a little bit sweeter and the win."

On the game, the Tottenham goalscorer said: "I think when we came here last time we didn't get the result we wanted so we knew how important it was today. It was a big test for us and I think it was a strong performance from us."

Arsenal were left to rue several wasted opportunities with Henrikh Mkhitaryan guilty in the first half, while the hosts also struck the woodwork on a couple of occasions.

Tottenham are looking to win their first silverware under manager Mauricio Pochettino and their first since 2008 when they lifted the League Cup by beating Chelsea in the final.

Reuters

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