Tottenham Hotspur gained sweet revenge oer north London rival Arsenal after claiming a 2-0 win in their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Goals in each half from Heung-min Son and Dele Alli sealed a place in the Cup’s semi-final for Spurs just three weeks after they lost 4-2 to same opponents in a Premier League match.
Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi started for Arsenal alongside Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Arsenal boss Unai Emery continued to overlook the club’s highest paid player, Mesut Ozil, who was left out of the matchday squad altogether. Iwobi on his part had a bright game and was surprisingly taken off for Alexandre Lacazette in the second half.
The game itself was almost marred by another shameful act from among the spectators as Alli was hit on the head by a bottle midway through the second half. At the time of the incident, Spurs had already taken a 2-0 lead and were simply seeing the match out against an Arsenal side that came close on many occasions to get a goal but simply found no way through.
Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette hit the post while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a cross loop onto the top of the Spurs crossbar, but it was early in the match Arsenal had their best chance through Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian played a neat one-two with Ramsey to split the Spurs defence open and put him one-on-one with the Spurs goalkeeper only for the Arsenal man to fire too close to Gazzaniga who saved his poor effort on goal.
Mkhitaryan’s miss summed up Arsenal’s night, with Unai Emery’s men losing a second game on the trot having gone 22 games unbeaten before the defeats to Southampton and Spurs. While Arsenal will have just three days to recover before facing Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday in the Premier League, Spurs can look forward to a semi-final against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. Before then, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will visit Everton in a tricky Premier League contest on Sunday.