Arsenal ’embarrassed’ by fan who threw plastic bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli in Carabao Cup defeat

Arsenal have issued a statement saying they are ‘embarrassed’ by the person who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday’s match with Tottenham Hotspur.

Alli was struck on the head by the missile in the 73rd minute during Spurs’ 2-0 win at the Emirates in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

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Dele Alli getting struck by the bottle in the cup win over Arsenal

The 22-year-old responded by holding up two fingers to signal the 2-0 scoreline to Arsenal fans and was subsequently spoken to by referee Jon Moss.

The Gunners released the statement on Thursday, also saying they had identified the individual from CCTV images at the ground and are working with the police to apprehend the culprit.

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Alli taunted Arsenal fans after being struck by a bottle

The club said: “We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday night’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect. We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.

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“We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.

“We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.”

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