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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 January 2008, 22:05 GMT
Carling Cup as it happened
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham


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By Caroline Cheese

2203: So Tottenham take a slight edge into the second leg. Their away goal will count if it is still 0-0 after extra-time at White Hart Lane. Essentially they just have to stop the Gunners scoring, which given Spurs' defensive record this season should be... oh, hang on. TV's Tim Lovejoy is on the end of the phone on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606. Expect mucho Newcastle chat. I'll see you on Saturday as we get back to Premier League action.

2200: Arsenal's late equaliser hasn't stopped you picking Dimitar Berbatov as your man of the match. He's on 8.02, ahead of goalscorer Jermaine Jenas.

2157: Looks like Jens Lehmann is off. The maverick German keeper has agreed terms on a move to Borussia Dortmund.

2156: "Well we played very poorly but we got away with it. Can't see us playing that badly at White Hart Lane and still fancy us to go through!"
rockin_van_persie on 606

2154: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
Full-time in the match, half-time in the tie. Tottenham can count themselves very unlucky not to be taking a lead back to White Hart Lane.

2154: "Mark Randall's a promising ENGLISH player who Arsenal have produced, so perhaps the omen still is good and he can grab a late winner!!"
theothefuture on 606

2152: And we're in to three minutes of added time.

2150: Looks like Jon from Crawley has put the mockers on English players as Theo Walcott limps off after turning his ankle. On comes Mark Randall. Who?

2148: "Capello is turning into a good omen for English players. Maybe Defoe next?"
Jon, Crawley, via text on 81111

2147: "I think we have just seen why Defoe doesn't start."
markgs2004 on 606

2146: What a miss. Dimitar Berbatov threads a perfect pass through for Aaron Lennon who sets up Jermain Defoe. The striker, on two minutes ago, blazes over - will that prove crucial?

2144: Jermain Defoe comes on for Robbie Keane as Tottenham look to re-establish their lead with seven minutes remaining.

2140: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
Look away now Spurs fans. Denilson finds Eduardo who threads the ball through for Theo Walcott. As he goes to shoot, Lee Young-Pyo gets a tackle in but the ball comes back off Walcott's chest and bounces into the net. A real heartbreaker for Spurs but they pay for not taking their chances.

2138: First change from Spurs boss Juande Ramos. Kevin-Prince Boateng replaces Steed Malbranque.

2137: Here come Arsenal and Bacary Sagna crosses for Abou Diaby, but his fierce shot is bravely blocked by Michael Dawson.

2136: Arsenal have a free-kick in a promising area out on the right which Armand Traore takes... and puts straight out of play near the opposite corner flag. Terrible.

2134: So far, Fabio Capello has seen goals from Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermaine Jenas. He must be wondering what the problem with English football is.

2132: Aaron Lennon gets to the byeline and cuts the ball back for Dimitar Berbatov but it's behind the Bulgarian and he can't get his shot away. Arsene Wenger cuts a very frustrated figure on the touchline, which is not something you see very often.

2129: Want some more Newcastle chat? Well, you're going to get some anyway... The odds are fast shortening on Harry Redknapp. That's all I know.

2125: "My Gooner husband disappeared off to the pub to watch the game, leaving me with two grumpy kids. Revenge is sweet for a Spurs wife."
Cathy, London, via text on 81111

2122: Jermaine Jenas pings the ball through for Dimitar Berbatov but the Bulgarian can't control and Arsenal escape. The Gunners' defence is still looking very shaky.

2119: Most of the Tottenham fans who have been in touch promise me their team is certain to concede. Most Arsenal fans are convinced their team will score. Not much sign of it so far...

2117: "I'm struggling to remember anything Arsenal have created in terms of a goal threat since the Bendtner chance (see 2016)."
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green

2114: "Re Paul 2109: You think you've got it hard? I'm a Newcastle fan!"
Chris, Manchester, via text on 81111

2113: Arsenal keep a better line this time as Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside from Robbie Keane's pass.

2109: "This year so far I've had my girlfriend dump me, my work cut my hours so much I need a new job, I'm 14k in debt and to compound my misery, Spurs are beating my beloved Arsenal. Roll on 2009!"
Paul from a very cold Emirates Stadium, via text on 81111

2107: Lukasz Fabianski allows the ball to slip through his hands from a corner but the ball falls to an Arsenal player and the Gunners clear.

2106: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has clearly taken note of your player ratings because Johan Djourou is off. Bacary Sagna is on as is Eduardo - for Robin van Persie. And we're under way in the second half.

2103: Here's a shock... Dimitar Berbatov is absolutely bossing the player rater. He's on 8.15. Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is the worst of the Arsenal defenders on 5.31.

2102: "You could drive a bus through the goon defence. In fact a tractor would probably beat Senderos for pace."
Baz at the match, via text on 81111

Jermaine Jenas
Spurs goalscorer Jermaine Jenas and his new hair
2056: "The big half-time question... Will Arsene Wenger have seen any of that awful first half?"
James, York, via text on 81111

2054: "Jenas always plays better when he grows his hair. Maybe Senderos should heed the call."
Tommy P, via text on 81111

2051: Some more breaking Newcastle news... "Sources close to Alan Shearer have confirmed to the BBC that he is extremely unlikely to be the next manager of Newcastle."

2049: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham
Time for Arsene Wenger to sort out his defence, time for Juande Ramos to nail down Dimitar Berbatov to stop him leaving.

2048: Anon (see 2044) is so right. Arsenal's attempt at playing the offside trap is laughable. Tottenham will only be disappointed they're not two or three up.

2046: Tottenham continue to dominate... The inspired Dimitar Berbatov skips past a few challenges and the ball eventually breaks for Jermaine Jenas whose low shot is easily collected by Lukasz Fabianski.

2044: "Need Lee Dixon out there. Line is terrible."
Anon via text on 81111

2038: GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham
You can't say that wasn't coming... Dimitar Berbatov plays a perfect cushioned pass through for Robbie Keane, who squares it for Jermaine Jenas to slot in. Arsenal's defence looks very, very shaky.

2037: Dimitar Berbatov thunders in a shot from 20 yards which is palmed away by Fabianski. Arsenal, dare I say it, are reeling.

2037: "Arsenal are playing a very dangerous game trying to walk the ball out of defence every time!"
Blue_Jimbo on 606

2035: So, so close. Jermaine Jenas wins the ball in midfield, Dimitar Berbatov passes to Robbie Keane and the ball breaks for Steed Malbranque, who shoots narrowly wide. Arsenal's defence is all over the place as a moment later Malbranque heads wide. Tottenham will not get two better chances to score.

2031: "Bendtner and Van Persie seem to be making the same runs. It's too easy for the Spurs defence at the moment."
BBC 5 Live analyst Lee Dixon

2026: Spurs have a free-kick on the edge of the box but Jamie O'Hara's effort curls just wide. BBC 5 Live analyst Lee Dixon is none too happy about all the gloves on display this evening. He reckons it wouldn't have been allowed in his day - even if you were on the bench.

2024: I'd say Tottenham have had the better of things so far... Dimitar Berbatov is through on goal but the ball is just overhit and Lukasz Fabianski collects.

2022: "Lennon and Walcott both clueless. Can't put a decent final ball in either of them. Too predictable. Both cut inside to no effect."
Sinbad, Sheffield, via text on 81111

2018: "Re 2010: Gilberto made the mistake of growing old."
Mike via text on 81111

2016: Justin Hoyte crosses from the right for an unmarked Nicklas Bendtner and Radek Cerny brings out what my colleague describes as a Hollywood save to keep out his header. Just showing off a bit there. The same colleague reckons Cerny has a bit of the Rupert Everett's about him.

2015: For anyone worried about Rich (see 1956). His train's on the move now.

2013: Theo Walcott suddenly breaks into the box but he's too slow to shoot and Tottenham recover.

2010: Anyone know what Gilberto did to upset Arsene Wenger? Philippe Senderos has been handed the captain's armband tonight... It's a promising start to the game, both teams playing some tidy football.

2006: Dimitar Berbatov plays a one-two with Steed Malbranque and escapes down the left but Arsenal cut out his pass for Robbie Keane.

2002: Arsenal get the game under way...

2001: "Come on Spurs, cheer me up, I wrote my car off last night..."
SussexByTheSea on 606

1958: There are still plenty of empty seats at the Emirates as the teams emerge from the tunnel.

This is especially for those people - like Rich - stuck on a train. In fact, if you are stuck on a train, why not pass the time by saying 'cupset' very loudly?
Arsenal: Fabianski, Justin Hoyte, Djourou, Senderos, Traore, Walcott, Denilson, Silva, Diaby, Van Persie, Bendtner. Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Eduardo, Randall, Gavin Hoyte.
Tottenham: Cerny, Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Lee, Lennon, Jenas, O'Hara, Malbranque, Berbatov, Keane. Subs: Robinson, Stalteri, Boateng, Defoe, Taarabt.

1954: "Good thing Big Sam's gone, he might have fancied buying Robinson and playing him at left-back."
BrianOfTheTyne on 606

1950: "I've just bought a double cheeseburger and a really clever Spurs fan knocked it out of my hands. I hope the night does not continue like this."
Steve K, a starving Gunners fan, via text on 81111

1947: Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet is asked why Paul Robinson has been dropped. "Decisions" is his rather elusive reply.

1943: "Looks like Ramos has made a tough decision easier for Capello, by dropping Robbo, now hopefully Fabio won't pick him."
Grzegorz24 on 606

1940: What chance a cupset this evening? Well, Spurs are looking for their first win over Arsenal since 1999 and they've already lost both league meetings this season. They also lost to the Gunners at the same stage in the Carling Cup last season although it went all the way to extra time.

1933: Jason has texted in to say Euston and Kings Cross are closed which is a flippin nightmare if you're trying to get to the Emirates Stadium. He's worried about missing an early Eduardo goal - but don't worry, the Croat is on the bench.

1929: It's a double blow for Paul Robinson by the way because England boss Fabio Capello is at the Emirates Stadium tonight so no chance to impress for Robbo. Theo Walcott, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Aaron Lennon and, er, Jermaine Jenas will be hoping to catch the Italian's eye.

1925: Rail problems mean tonight's kick-off is delayed until 2000 GMT.

1922: "This could be the end of Paul Robinson's Spurs career. As much as I like the bloke, he has cost us too many points and games over a sustained period of time."
Carlos_Hotspur on 606

And the big news keeps coming... Tottenham boss Juande Ramos drops keeper Paul Robinson to the bench, with Radek Cerny taking his place between the sticks. Arsenal have Lukasz Fabianski in goal, with Robin van Persie up front with Nicklas Bendtner. Theo Walcott also starts.

1915: Big Sam is gone but the football juggernaut rumbles on with a nice little north London derby... tasty.

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