Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Arsenal's woeful attempt at taking kick-off during 2-0 loss to Tottenham

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Tottenham got their revenge over Arsenal last night in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Mauricio Pochettino's side lost 4-2 to the Gunners 18 days before in the Premier League, but were comfortable 2-0 winners at the Emirates this time around.

Goals from Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli sealed passage to the last four, where Spurs will play two legs against London rivals Chelsea.

Due to a seemingly never-ending injury list, Unai Emery had to field a very makeshift back four.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came in at right-back, while Granit Xhaka was once again used as a centre-back.

Unsurprisingly, Tottenham got a lot of joy, although Arsenal did at least look threatening in attack.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette all missed great chances which could have changed the complexion of the game.

Nevertheless, elimination is probably not the worst thing for Emery's side, who can now focus more on getting back into the Champions League.

However, it seems Arsenal's players certainly weren't focused when taking kick-off last night.

A video of the Gunners' woeful attempt went viral on Twitter.


Kind of sums up their performance against Spurs last night.

In his post-match press conference, Emery defended his odd decision to play Xhaka at centre-back once again.

The boss said, per "The players are helping us with their commitment, playing in different positions because the team needs them sometimes like today, because after Sunday it was a lot of minutes on the pitch for Koscielny to play today 90 minutes."

Without the Swiss international in the middle of the park, Arsenal were unable to really keep hold of the ball, allowing the likes of Alli and Christian Eriksen to dominate.

Emery on the touchline

However, Shkodran Mustafi could return from injury on Saturday, meaning Xhaka will be moved back into midfield for what is now a crucial home game against Burnley.

Unai Emery
Son Heung Min
Alexandre Lacazette
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Aaron Ramsey
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Christian Eriksen
Granit Xhaka
Dele Alli
Mauricio Pochettino
Premier League
Laurent Koscielny
Shkodran Mustafi
Tottenham Hotspur

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