Our Carabao Cup campaign is over for another season.
We were twice undone by long balls over the top - once in each half - on a night where Tottenham's clinical finishing proved the difference.
We hit the woodwork three times, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan spurned a good early chance, on a frustrating evening at Emirates Stadium.
The team had made a bright start with Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey looking to run at the visiting defence.
We had the best chance of the opening 15 minutes too, and should really have taken the lead. Mkhitaryan raced clear into the box, running on to a Ramsey flick, but fired straight at Paulo Gazzaniga when under little pressure.
We were made to pay shortly afterwards. A long ball over the top was diverted into the path of Heung-Min Son, who finished when one on one with Cech. VAR replays confirmed he was just onside.
Tottenham were looking dangerous when they broke - Sissoko blazed over at the end of one attack - but we had the better chances at the end of the half.
Ramsey volleyed against the near post and Sokratis headed wide from a deep corner, but we couldn't make the pressure tell before the interval.
Unai Emery changed the shape of the team in the second half, bring on Laurent Koscielny as part of a back three.
Granit Xhaka fired a free-kick over the bar but Spurs doubled their lead on the hour. This time Dele Alli was sent through on goal, just onside again, before lifting the ball over Cech.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah were summoned from the bench and the former squirmed a shot against the post after good work from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang also saw a cross hit the bar but that was as good as it got on a forgettable night at Emirates Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
WHAT IT MEANS
Our Carabao Cup campaign is over for another season, attention immediately switches back to the Premier League.
It's back to the Premier League this weekend, for a 12.30pm kick-off against Burnley at Emirates Stadium – the first of four league games in an 11-day spell over Christmas and New Year.
Copyright 2024 The Arsenal Football Club Limited. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.