Tottenham 5, Arsenal 1: Young Guns Run Out of Firepower:

Simon MartinSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2008

In what had to be the Cup match of the decade, Tottenham Hotspurs routed Arsenal's young guns to fire themselves into the Carling Cup final.

Jermain Jenas' third minute goal was a superb effort that struck at the heart of Arsenal, and what has to be given as the own goal of the season saw Nicholas Bendter put the ball into the back of his net with a superb header.

A shame it was at the wrong of end of the pitch...though on tonight's performance, that is debatable!

Robbie Keane then scored a frankly astounding 18-yard goal to make it 3-0 in the early stages of the second half. Not too long after that, Aaron Lennon popped up to sidefoot the ball into the Arsenal net for the fourth time this evening.

The game was over by this point despite Arsenal's efforts, and though they scored a consolation goal, the misery was compounded when Steed Malbranque completed the rout.

Tottenham looked like the team they promised to be at the start of this season: powerful, skillful, and intelligent. They did not dominate the play by any means, but were strong and wise enough to take full advantage of the mistakes the flapping Gunners made. For Spurs fans this was a night to remember.

For Arsenal fans, a miserable trudge back through London awaits. Their team was poor at best with, for all their possession, a meagre and frankly sad lot of attempts on goal. While the Cup may have been lost, some will be left to wonder whether this was down to a lack of confidence—or overconfidence—or simply youthful inexperience.