By Wayne Veysey

5th Jan, 2017 | 3:52pm

Wenger: These two Tottenham players were great against Chelsea

By Harry Sykes

Arsene Wenger hailed the “great” contributions of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in Tottenham’s momentous win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The Spurs attacking duo twice unlocked a visiting defence that has been virtually impregnable since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation in the autumn.

Alli and Eriksen first combined on the cusp of half-time when the Danish playmaker was given a yard of space and was able to pick out his team-mate, who peeled away from Cesar Azpilicueta to break the deadlock.

Shortly after the break, it was the same combination to the fore as Eriksen teed up Alli for his second superbly taken header that gave Spurs a two-goal advantage and ensured the home side took all three points at a raucous White Hart Lane.

Arsenal boss Wenger was impressed by the Tottenham duo in a match in which space was at a premium and there was little between two closely matched sides.

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“It was a very competitive and tight game,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website. “It was based a lot on organisation, desire not to lose at the start because it was a big game.
“In the end, like many times before, a goal just before half-time played a big psychological part in the second half. It was a tight game but Tottenham could take the advantage from two great headers from Dele Alli, from two great crosses from Eriksen.”
Alli lifted his goal tally for the season to 11 from 25 matches in all competitions, with 10 of his strikes coming from just 19 league encounters.
Eriksen has also taken his game to a new level in recent weeks following a slow start to the season, with his seven league assists in 2016-17 leaving him behind only Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne (nine) and West Brom’s Matt Phillips (eight).
Spurs have ended the festive period third in the Premier League on 42 points, seven behind Chelsea, who lead the table by five points with a haul of 49 from their 20 fixtures.