Tottenham Hotspur’s Nigerian-born star, Bamidele Alli has downplayed effects of the bottle that was thrown at him by a fan during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup victory away to Arsenal.
Alli admitted it was quite an unwholesome incident, but insists he has shaken it off and already moving on to plans for the next match, while Arsenal are analysing CCTV footage to identify who threw the bottle during their 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium.
The Nigerian-born England international was struck on the side of the head in the 73rd minute by the missile thrown from the stands, as he scored one of the goals and gestured to the crowd at the sidelines.
The incident comes after missiles, including a banana skin, were hurled at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his converted penalty in Arsenal’s 4-2 Premier League win over Tottenham on December 2.
However, rather than keep the matter, Alli said being hit by a plastic bottle thrown from the Emirates Stadium stands made scoring in the EFL Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal a little bit sweeter.
Alli, who also provided the assist for Son Heung-min to put Tottenham ahead in the 20th minute, said: “It is what it is. It made the goal a little bit sweeter – and the win.”