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'North London is ours' - Alli revels in Spurs' ascendance

Arsenal fans are set to endure plenty of barbs from Tottenham in the coming weeks and the young midfielder was among the first to have his say.

Dele Alli celebrates with Song Heung-min.
Dele Alli celebrates with Song Heung-min.

DELE ALLI HAS wasted no time in reminding Arsenal supporters of their diminished status after Tottenham ensured they will finish above their local rivals in the Premier League this season.

Alli opened the scoring as Spurs won 2-0 in the last north London derby at White Hart Lane before the venerable old ground is demolished to make way for a gleaming new stadium.

That result means Mauricio Pochettino’s high-flying side are guaranteed to finish ahead of Arsenal, a feat they have never managed during Arsene Wenger’s lengthy tenure at the helm of the Gunners.

Having netted his first north London derby goal, Alli posted a message on Twitter saying “Atmosphere was amazing, thank you to all the fans.. north London is ours!!”

“I have to blame myself a bit for my header at the far post – I was kicking myself for missing that – but we dominated from the start,” Alli told BBC Sport, referring to a near miss in the first half.

“It’s a huge win for us and the fans. We just have to keep looking to improve. We fell off at the end of last season, so it’s important we continue to build on what we’re doing.”

Next up for Spurs is a trip to face West Ham on Friday, as they aim to pile the pressure on league leaders Chelsea, who are four points clear at the top with four matches of the league season remaining.

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