Former Arsenal academy midfielder Robbie Burton, who now plies his trade for Dinamo Zagreb has admitted that he is hopeful of knocking Tottenham Hotspur out of the Europa League despite the Lilywhites holding a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg.
This is Burton’s first full season at Zagreb, having joined the Croatian giants in February of last year.
The midfielder has not managed to establish himself as a regular in the side but he will be hoping to take to the field against his former rivals.
The 21-year-old was part of quite a few battles with Tottenham while coming through the ranks at Arsenal, even captaining the Gunners’ Under-23 side.
He admitted that he was delighted to see his boyhood club overcome Spurs in the North London serby on Sunday.
Burton told The Daily Mail: “The performance was top from Arsenal and the result was most important.
“I was so happy for Emile to get Man of the Match, so I sent him a message and we spoke on Monday.
“He’s always been a great player. From the Under 18s, he really stood out and he deserves it all. He’s a good guy. I’m so happy to see the young players at Arsenal doing so well.”
The midfielder was an unused substitute in Dinamo’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs in the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, the former Arsenal man insisted that the Croatian side showed enough in London to suggest that they can hurt Jose Mourinho’s men.
He added: “I’ve had a lot of messages from a lot of people about playing Spurs. All hoping I do well and we can get a result.
“We weren’t able to do that in the first leg but the tie isn’t over. An early goal or two and we’re back in it.
“We had opportunities to score in the first leg and hopefully at home we can compete a bit more.
“We just need to embrace it, enjoy it and try to turn it around.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I expect Jose to put out a strong team this evening as an early goal for us would leave Zagreb needing four and would essentially guarantee our passage to the quarter-final. The likes of Kane can be brought off and given a rest once we have the tie secured.
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