Tottenham Hotspur have secured a place in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley by defeating one of Arsenal's best lineups (Sagna, Hleb, Walcott) with a convincing score of 5-1 (or 6-2 on aggregate if you count the first leg at Emirates).
It took nine heartbreaking years for Tottenham to beat Arsenal either at home or away in any competition. Already a legendary manager (in my opinion), Juande Ramos broke the "Arsenal Curse" by bringing out the likes of Dawson, Malbranque, and Keane as part of a full strength team.
In the match, what the fans saw, the fans got. The Spurs scored five goals, the first in two minutes and 47 seconds by the same player who scored at Emirates in the first leg, Jermain Jenas. His lucky shot hit the inside of the left post.
An own goal from Bendtner’s head made the score 2-0 even, although Dawson took full credit for attempting the header. Then Berbatov could have struck a knockout punch, but the ball hit the post on the wrong side. Arsenal had a few good chances too. A corner plus a header from Sagna almost went under the crossbar, but a very alert Radek Cerny tipped the ball over. At half time, it looked very good for Spurs as they were 2-0 up.
The second half was underway and in about three minutes, Keane put Spurs fans more at ease when he scored his 101st goal. A very good scoring chance for Arsenal went a miss after Bendtner managed to hook a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar at 49 minutes. After an hour of frantic football, Aaron Lennon made Arsenal’s job harder by scoring to make it 4-0.
Arsene Wenger was getting desperate to grab one goal to keep Arsenal’s eyes on the prize by substituting Armand Traore for Emanuel Adebayor who I thought should’ve played the whole game. If he did, the result would’ve been very different. Just five minutes after he came on, he hammered an unstoppable shot in as a consolation to Arsenal. The Spurs players kept a cool head and weren’t complacent in defence or attack. Malbranque sealed the deal by tapping in a final goal after about 90 minutes of play to make it 5-1.
If Spurs play like they did in that match, the FA Cup match against Manchester United on Sunday may have a surprising score line and both teams know it.