Arsenal (Away)
League Cup Semi-final First Leg

Wednesday 9th January 2008


Unfortunately, due to ill health, there was no match preview.  But I would have gone for a score-line of ...

PREDICTION : -  Arsenal  2   Tottenham Hotspur   1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.



TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Anthony Gardner (ankle); Gareth Bale (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Darren Bent (thigh);  Tom Huddlestone (suspended 1 of 3); Didier Zokora (international duty) 


Sky Sports 1 - (live coverage)
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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London -
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Arsenal   1   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 0-1)

League Cup Semi-final First Leg
Venue : -  Highbury
Wednesday 9th January 2008
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   53,136
Referee :  Mike Dean (Wirral)
Weather :  -  Chilly, wet
Teams : - 
Arsenal :

21 Fabianski

31 J. Hoyte
20 Djourou (  3 Sagna 46)
  6 Senderos (c)
30 Traore

32 Walcott (36 Randall 90)
15 Denilson
19 Gilberto
  2 Diaby

11 Van Persie (  9 Eduardo 46)
26 Bendtner

Unused subs: 
40 Mannone
41 Gavin Hoyte

Tottenham Hotspur :

12 Cerny

  2 Chimbonda
20 Dawson
26 King (c)
  3 YP Lee

25 Lennon
  8 Jenas
24 O'Hara
15 Malbranque (17 Boateng 77)

  9 Berbatov
10 Keane (18 Defoe 83)

Unused subs: 
  1 Robinson
  7 Stalteri
19 Taarabt

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Walcott 79

Tottenham Hotspur

Jenas 37

Cards : -  



Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  
Without the tube troubles which delayed the start of this match and left many fans struggling to get to the game at all, Spurs would have been taking a 1-0 lead back to White Hart Lane for the second leg, as the game would have been finished instead of Theo Walcott getting a fortunate ricochet to level the score at 1-1.

Tottenham should have ensured that it was only a consolation, as they created chances at the Arsenal end and restricted the home side's shadow squad to few clear cut opportunities, but wayward finishing and some good keeping by Fabianski kept Spurs at 1-0 and it is always a tenuous lead, especially for us.  Even then there was still a chance to win it when Lennon rolled the ball across the penalty area into Defoe's path and the little striker could not keep his shot down and fired over the bar.

Too often in matches against the top four and in big games, the winning mentality has failed the team and having established a superiority over the home side on their own territory, the game should have been wrapped up.

From the first couple of minutes, Ledley King showed his class, when he stepped in to take the ball on the edge of our own area, before striding forward with the ball and put Aaron Lennon in, but his cross did not find a white shirt on the end of it.  The inclusion of Jamie O'Hara was a smart one by Ramos, as he knew that the midfielder has something to prove back at Highbury and his passing came in useful, although a second half move wide on the left restricted his effectiveness.

With Senderos and Djourou in the centre of the Arsenal defence, Berbatov had a field day with his movement.  He pulled them around and picked passes off past them when he wanted.  With the quarter of an hour approaching, there was work to do at the other end, as Hoyte went wide and his cross was headed goal-wards by Bendtner, although the Spurs goalie Cerny made a good reaction save down to his left.

When the Gooners did attack, Tottenham got back in numbers to squeeze them out and broke at speed, bringing the Arsenal back four into action and Senderos brought down Berbatov in the 23rd minute on the edge of the area.  O'Hara took charge and curled his effort just wide of the far upright.  Then on the half hour, a clearer opportunity came when the ball fell invitingly into Steed Malbranque's path and with a lot of the goal to aim at, he put his shot wide from about five yards out and then he headed wide after Robbie Keane's cross found him at the far post a minute later.

The pressure was growing on the home side's defence and when Berbatov made a yard about 20 yards out in a central position, he hit s powerful shot, but Fabianski made a "continental" save in pushing the ball out, although with 37 minutes gone, Berba put Keane away on the left side of the area and like Tottenham's goal by Keane in the last game at the old Highbury, squared for Jenas to stroke home confidently past the Arsenal keeper.

A break late in the half saw Dimitar try to chip the ball over Fabianski, but he didn't have the space to get adequate elevation.  The interval came and it was all looking so good, as the Arsenal side looked decidedly ordinary and Spurs were taking the initiative all over the field.

Changes had to be made on the Gooner side and Sagna and Eduardo came on for van Persie and Djourou. Spurs kept the starting eleven and took the game to Arsenal straight away, with Lennon winning a corner with a speedy run down the right.  As it came in, Fabianski dropped the ball and luckily for Arsenal (not for the first time on the night), Walcott was there to kick it away. 

Spurs were one touch away from another goal when Keane just failed to control a long through pass and it ran through to the Arsenal goalie.  with 77 minutes gone, an O'Hara free-kick was headed clear, but straight up in the air.  Chimbonda won it in the air and it fell in the six yard box, where Ledley King could not get on the end of it, but it did looked like he might have been crowded out.  A minute later and the score was all clear.

Gilberto passed to Educardo and as Ledley got caught side on, the ball went behind him to Walcott and as Lee got a foot on the ball, it hit the winger and deflected past Cerny, who had come out to meet him.

Another fluky goal from the Gooners and another lead lost for Spurs, but with Keane going off for Defoe, Ramos was still going for the win.

O'Hara left Walcott on his backside with a great piece of skill and Tottenham had to kick the ball out of play so that the brat could have himself twisted back outside in.  The Spurs midfielder also had a volley blocked by Hoyte and then the big chance for Defoe came to win it at the death, but once more it was not to be.

The game was well thought out by Ramos and his decisions could be vindicated, as the side had been dominant and made the home side look less than special.  One piece of good fortune made Arsenal have a chance in the second leg, when Tottenham could have booked their place in the final.

But as always, we need to do it all over again in the second leg.  Nobody said it would be easy, but one piece of luck going in our favour might help.




Other semi final first leg score :
Chelsea 2 Everton 1 Tuesday


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