Tottenham handed Arsenal second consecutive defeat at the Emirates after registering a 2-0 win over their north London rivals to progress to the semi-final of EFL Cup.
The game started with a high tempo, an early sign of what many expected with two powerful challenges. The first was from Rose to divert the ball out for a throw and moment later Winks, on Mkhitaryan, took it behind for a corner but the hosts wanted more as it brushed his arm before going behind, albeit entirely accidentally.
From one end to the other, there was a quick right-to-left from Spurs who deserved a better finish from Eriksen. Sissoko moved the ball to Moura who found Eriksen just inside the box, but under pressure from Maitland-Niles, he smacked it wide.
Mkhitaryan advanced towards the Spurs backline, Ramsey made a run across in from of him and played a one-two with the midfielder, who was clean through on goal. He went to the near post but Gazzaniga’s strong dive kept it out, though the keeper shouldn’t have had a chance there.
Spurs took the lead in the 20th minute through Son. Gazzaniga sent a long one forward which was cushioned by Lucas’ fall and took the ball into Alli’s path. He spotted Son by the shoulder of the last man on the right and floated a ball over the top. Clean through, the Korean made no mistake in powerfully firing beyond Cech with a great finish.
Arsenal should have exploited some awful defending from Spurs but they couldn’t. Gazzaniga’s clearance was blocked by Aubameyang’s slide and Davies should have cleared but he sliced it too. Ramsey tried a backheel into Mkhitaryan's path, but Tottenham men got back and cleared.
Off the post
Arsenal went close to getting a leveller before halftime. Iwobi crossed from the left for Ramsey who was unmarked 12 yards out and his first-time shot, towards the near post, cracked off the woodwork and away to safety.
Spurs’ first goal was good but the second was something else entirely. Kane’s first involvement in a League Cup game since September 2015 was to make his side get the second of the night. He took down Gazzaniga's long kick spotted Alli’s run in behind and picked him out over the top. It looked like it might be out of reach for half a second but he got a toe on it to bring it down and an audaciously lifted it over Cech with the outside of his boot and into the far corner.
Just after going down to two goals, Arsenal almost had a perfect response. Aubameyang drifted on off the left, fired it low across the six-yard and Lacazette, with his first touch too, fired it against the far post and behind.