Dele Alli was hit in the back of the head with what appeared to be a plastic bottle during his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
The midfielder helped put his team ahead with a superb pass for scorer Son Heung-Min in the first half, then netted a beautiful goal of his own just short of the hour mark, running in and calmly chipping the ball over Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.
Minutes later Alli was hit in the head as Arsenal were about to take a throw in. The player did not appear hurt, and turned to the crowd and used his hands to gesture the 2-0 scoreline to them.
“It made the goal a little bit sweeter,” he told Sky Sports.
Both managers started strong XIs — Son leading the Tottenham line with Harry Kane on the bench — in a rematch of a Dec. 2 Premier League match which Arsenal fought back to win 4-2.
The in-form Son repaid his manager’s trust on 20 minutes and Moussa Sissoko should have made it 2-0 minutes later on another counter, but he fired over the crossbar after breaking free on goal from a Christian Eriksen assist.
Arsenal almost had a deserved equaliser before half-time, but Aaron Ramsey’s first-time volley from an Alex Iwobi cross was somehow palmed off the post by Spurs backup keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.