Samir Nasri scored two penalties in extra time to help earn Arsenal victory over Tottenham in the Carling Cup 3rd Round tie, and I was lucky enough to get tickets for the game.
The Gunners absolutely dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Jack Wilshere crossed for Henri Lansbury to slide in. Personally, I think Lansbury has benefited a lot from his loan move last season with Watford. His passing was superb, hardly gave the ball away, and scored his first of hopefully many in the first half. Like Wilshere, another gem on the production line.
Unfortunately, Spurs improved after the break. Redknapp, not wanting to lose the game, brought on Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane at half-time, Once again, Arsenal let a 1-0 lead slip when Robbie Keane proudly wearing his Tottenham Hotspur shirt, slotted in from 18 yards to level though I personally thought that he was offside, but I could be wrong. However, Fabianski should’ve done a whole lot better. This obviously got the Spurs fans something to shout about and became more and more hopeful as the game went on. But in extra time, the flood gates opened and Arsenal scored 3 goals to effectively end the tie.
But Nasri who was my man of the match. scored when Sebastien Bassong tugged him back and again after Steven Caulker fouled Marouane Chamakh, with Andrey Arshavin firing in a fourth. The Spurs fans to our left could barely believe how quickly the game disappeared from their grasp as the spot-kicks were both scored in the first six minutes of extra time, just when the hosts seemed to be in the ascendancy. Tottenham did have their chances though and hit the post quite a few times.
Tottenham had fought hard to get back into the game to their credit after being run ragged by my beloved Arsenal before the break, only for two moments of defensive weakness to cost them dearly. So Arsenal are in the hat for the 4th Round Draw this Saturday. I personally want a home draw against a side like Swansea City or Ipswich Town, but I’ll just have to wait and see.