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Spurs boss Redknapp accuses Arsenal's Nasri of diving

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp
Redknapp was not impressed by Nasri's extra-time display

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp accused Samir Nasri of diving after the Arsenal midfielder won an extra-time penalty to help his side to a 4-1 Carling Cup win.

Nasri stepped up to score from the spot and another penalty, followed by an Andrey Arshavin goal, wrapped it up.

But Redknapp fumed: "I thought the first penalty was harsh. He fell over. Really, I think he dived for it.

"But I thought the game was going to be tough when I saw their team, as they looked a bit stronger than us."

Arsenal went ahead when Henri Lansbury slid home before Robbie Keane bagged a leveller, but Nasri's two penalties - the second after a foul on Marouane Chamakh - and an Arshavin drive saw Spurs exit the competition.

The Spurs manager added: "Once we got to extra time, four of my players were cramped up and out on their feet, I knew it was going to be a difficult half-hour.

"I was picking the players I needed to play - I can't keep playing the same people, you end up killing them off in the end.

Jack can get tackles and give tackles, he's tough. I believe he has an outstanding future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

"It was a new experience for guys like Kyle Naughton, and [Brazilian debutant] Sandro looked all right, he gets around the pitch. I think he is going to be a good player."

The Gunners dominated for long periods despite the absence on the touchline of boss Arsene Wenger, banned for one game for his reaction to the equaliser they conceded at Sunderland on Saturday.

Wenger was delighted with his side's performance and was left to purr over 18-year-old Jack Wilshere's display in midfield.

"I felt we dominated completely," Wenger reflected. "We played well in the first half, but were only one goal in front after Tottenham came back.

"We were in danger for a few minutes, but afterwards took over again and could not score. Then we got these two penalties, which were penalties, and that was the turning point of the game.

"We know that Jack is an outstanding football player. But he can get tackles and give tackles, he's tough. I believe he has an outstanding future.

"He just needs to keep well, humble and enjoy his game.

"He's much ahead [of where we expected him to be]. But I believe as well that talented players play early. All the big players play early, at the age of 18 they start to play at the top level.

"He can handle it. If he can handle it mentally what happens to him there is no problem, he will be a great player."

Wenger dedicated the victory to Gunners fan Jack Chester, who was part of the club's recent Teenage Cancer Trust charity campaign and lost his battle against the disease last week at the age of 19.

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"We would like to dedicate this game to Jack Chester, a young boy who was head of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and did a press conference with us. He died last Wednesday," stated Wenger.

"I would like to have a thought for him tonight, because he was in full power at the start of the season and made the team photo with us. Unfortunately he had a resurgence of the cancer."



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