Dele Alli says he'd rather retire from footbal than play for Arsenal

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Dele Alli certainly knows how to endear himself to Tottenham fans.

Eight goals in his first season at White Hart Lane have already pretty much done the trick, but now he's taken his love-in with Spurs a step further.

Alli's thought about this one 

Alli was asked what he would choose between playing for Arsenal, or giving up football altogether. His response?


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"I'm hanging my boots up." Harsh words indeed from the young man.

Assuming that hypothetical choice is never enforced on him, Alli's got plenty of years ahead of him. Nominated for Young Player of the Year, he has broken into the England squad and should be heading to Euro 2016.

He's attracted plaudits from legends such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Pele, so he's got plenty to play in the game for - let's just hope Arsenal never try and sign him.

Campbell's example

Anyone who remembers Sol Campbell's move across north London will know it's probably not the best move if you want to stay popular with Tottenham fans.

Campbell was treated to a 'minute's contempt' and balloons wielding the word 'JUDAS' on his first return to White Hart Lane. He's also endured 15 years of vitriol from his former supporters. That's enough to put anyone off.

Spurs legend Pat Jennings also crossed the divide but somehow managed to remain popular at Spurs. Things seem to have changed a bit since then, so it's probably not worth the risk. 

Spurs on the up

Safe to say, Alli is staying on the safe side of the Spurs faithful.

It looks like he's also staying on the right side of the red vs. white divide, as Mauricio Pochettino's side are six points clear of the Gunners.

If they can keep that up, they will have bragging rights for the first time since 1995. No wonder Alli wants to stay.

AreTottenham now the bigger team in north London? Have your say in the comments. 

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