Deluded Spurs Handed a Reality Check: Report

AET:

Tottenham: 1 (Keane)

Arsenal: 4 (Lansbury, Nasri (2) and Arshavin)

That was just brilliant by Arsenal if not perfect.

Taking control of the match from start, Arsenal never looked back once. Lansbury opened the scoring for Arsenal, with a sliding tap in, after a move involving Rosicky and Wilshere. Arsenal dominated the possession and in the first half Tottenham were nowhere to be seen. They had few shots but they were too wide and didn’t trouble Arsenal much.

The second half started with Keane opening the account for Tottenham after he found space in the centre. His shot was fumbled by Fabianski on its way to the goal. The match was slightly evenly poised in the second with both teams going close to scoring.

The extra time was where Arsenal took the initiative. Nasri was brought down by Bassong in the danger area and he stood up to take the penalty, converting it by sending the keeper the other way. A couple of minutes later Chamakh was brought down, Caulker was the offender,  and this time again Nasri took the penalty and finished it coolly with a low shot, the keeper again went the wrong way. The match by this time was over. Though Bentley had a chance to lower the deficit but his header went wide after touching outside of the side bar.

The matched was sealed as Arshavin was sent through on goal and he finished with a low drive to send the Spurs fans for the exit, a few of those who remained.

There was nothing special in the second half of extra time. Arshavin had a couple of shots as it ended comfortably for Arsenal.

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