By Matt Farr
Tottenham’s Dele Alli came under fire for his penalty-winning theatrics in their comfortable 5-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday.
The England international tripped over his own feet and fell down in the Swansea box, earning a penalty – and Arsenal fans have seized the opportunity to hit out at the Spurs man on Twitter.
Controversially, referee Jonathan Moss adjudged Alli to have been fouled by Swans defender Kyle Naughton. In-form striker Harry Kane, who signed a new six-year deal earlier this week, converted the resulting penalty.
Arsenal’s fan base, who need no excuse to lay into Tottenham players, were less than impressed with Alli’s antics.
Here is a selection of their messages:
DELE ALLI has cheated and dived get again!! When are the press going to highlight this as a serious issue??!! Disgraceful
— Galvarino ? (@tHeGoOnErBoY) December 3, 2016
Dele Alli only dives. That’s all he does.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) December 3, 2016
Harry Kane scores penalty Dele Alli cheats for part 76.
— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) December 3, 2016
Nice dive @Dele_Alli
— Perry (@docksarsenal) December 3, 2016
That was a theatrical dive from Dele Alli. Never a penalty. #SpursSwan
— Yinkz (@yinkarolajide) December 3, 2016
Naughton didn’t even tackle Dele Alli. He intentionally clipped Naughton and fell over https://t.co/9Ajz0Dt8OV
— Olowoo_yinka (@olowoo_94) December 3, 2016
Dele Alli is a better diver than Tom Daley!
— Ese Agboaye (@A96oaye) December 3, 2016
— Simon Rath (@Gooner_Rath) December 3, 2016
Kane’s penalty gave Tottenham the lead after 39 minutes, before South Korea forward Son Heung-Min doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Spurs piled further misery on Swansea immediately after the restart, Kane adding his second of the afternoon. The onslaught continued as Denmark international Christian Eriksen twice found the back of the net – first in the 70th minute, then again in the 92nd minute.
The result was a superb return to form from Spurs, who had come under criticism recently for their performances against Chelsea and Monaco in November.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain in fifth, but close the gap on rivals Arsenal – who play West Ham later – to just one point.
In other Arsenal news, Arsene Wenger is planning contract talks with this injured star.