Mesut Ozil further endeared himself to Arsenal fans as he took to Twitter to mock Tottenham’s ‘dusty’ trophy cabinet in the wake of the side’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
Sunday’s showpiece, which was played in front of 8,000 fans at Wembley, had looked on course for extra-time but Aymeric Laporte had other ideas and was City’s unlikely hero with a powerful headed winner in the 82nd minute.
It meant Pep Guardiola’s men have clinched the trophy in each of the last four seasons and the result saw them equal Liverpool’s all-time tally of eight League Cup triumphs.
Spurs, meanwhile, have lost all of their last three finals in the competition and the club’s 13-year trophy drought continues, with the match representing their final realistic shot at silverware this term.
The north London outfit – led by interim boss Ryan Mason following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal – last lifted a trophy way back in 2008 when Juande Ramos led them to League Cup glory with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
Despondent Tottenham players collapsed to their knees at the full-time whistle and Son Heung-min had to be consoled by Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan as he broke down in tears on the pitch.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Arsenal supporters revelled in Spurs’ misery and Ozil joined in the fun with a short yet savage post on Sunday night which quickly racked up thousands of likes and retweets.
‘It remains dusty… #LeagueCupFinal,’ the ex-Arsenal midfielder, now with Fenerbahce, told his 26 million followers.
‘The fact that the players believed in the way we wanted to approach the game, that says a lot and tells me they want to work this way.
‘Obviously going forward more confidence on the ball, more arrogance, but we have only worked this way for the best part of a week.’
Guardiola urged his players to quickly turn their attentions to securing ‘the most important title of the season’ by winning their next two matches in the Premier League.
‘Now we rest and prepare for the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain, then after that we are two games away from trying to win the most important title of the season,’ the Catalan said.
‘The Premier League is the nicest one, the one where I am most proud when we are able to do it.
‘We are 10 points clear, we need two victories, and in between the games in this crazy schedule we are going to try to win the next one against Crystal Palace./
Guardiola added: ‘We cannot deny one eye is always on the Champions League.
‘But I have to be honest with myself and I thought they were ready to play in this selection.
‘We arrive in these last stages, as we did this season and in previous seasons, because we take every game seriously.
‘If not it is impossible to win four Carabao Cups in a row.’
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