Gunners leave it late
Two Nasri extra-time penalties swing tie Gunners' way
Last Updated: 22/09/10 9:06am
Nasri: Two penalties
Extra-time goals from Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin saw Arsenal beat arch-rivals Tottenham 4-1 in the Carling Cup.
Henri Lansbury netted the opener after 15 minutes when slotting home Jack Wilshere's cross.
Spurs improved after the break and substitute Robbie Keane netted on 49 minutes before then hitting the post with seven minutes to play.
But the Gunners won the game with two Nasri penalties early into extra-time before substitute Arshavin added a fourth to earn Arsenal their biggest win at White Hart Lane in 32 years.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was serving a one-match touchline ban, made eight changes for the clash, while Harry Redknapp made ten changes, including handing debuts to Brazilian Sandro Ranieri, third-choice goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa and 18-year-old defender Steven Caulker.
There was a minute's applause before kick-off for Tottenham's double-winning striker and England international Bobby Smith, who died on Saturday aged 77.
When the action started, there was the expected tense atmosphere of a derby, which Wenger watched from the stands, having accepted a misconduct charge and £8,000 fine by the Football Association following his actions at the end of the weekend's 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
Mexico forward Carlos Vela, who has scored three goals already this season, shot wide from 25 yards.
On nine minutes, Roman Pavlyuchenko was bundled over by Johan Djourou out on the left but the delivery from former Gunner David Bentley was poor and flew over the crossbar.
The Gunners went ahead on 15 minutes, when Tomas Rosicky, who had missed a crucial penalty last time at Sunderland, worked the ball down the left to Wilshere.
His ball back across the six-yard box caught the Spurs defence cold, and England Under 21 international Lansbury, who was on loan at Watford last season, stabbed in his first senior goal for the Gunners.
White Hart Lane was left in stunned silence, apart from the pocket of ecstatic travelling supporters behind the other goal.
The home faithful were on their feet, though, when Bentley dashed clear, but blasted his 20-yard effort over before Pavlyuchenko flashed an angled drive wide after cutting in from the left.
But the Gunners were well on top throughout the first period and Redknapp made a double change at the start of the second half to get his side back into the match.
Republic of Ireland striker Keane came on for Giovani Dos Santos and youngster Jack Livermore was replaced by England winger Aaron Lennon.
Redknapp's changes paid off as Spurs levelled four minutes after the re-start when Kyle Naughton's pass caught the Arsenal defence square and Keane raced onto the ball before hitting a low shot under the arms of Lukasz Fabianski.
White Hart Lane was immediately transformed, as the home side went in search of a quick second.
However, Arsenal weathered the storm and had a decent spell, with Emmanuel Eboue and Carlos Vela both missing the target after good build-up.
At the other end, Laurent Koscielny made a last-ditch block as Lennon cut into the right side of the Arsenal box.
With 18 minutes left, the Gunners sent on Marouane Chamakh for Vela and Arshavin replaced Rosicky.
Keane came close to snatching a late winner when his close-range effort hit the base of the post before the tie went into extra-time.
Arsenal regained the lead just 30 seconds after the re-start when Sebastien Bassong tugged back Nasri in the box, and the Frenchman dispatched the resulting penalty.
The Gunners were awarded another spot-kick soon afterwards when Chamakh went down after cutting across Caulker, who tugged at his shirt, leaving referee Lee Probert little option and Nasri slotted his second penalty of the night into the bottom corner.
Tottenham replaced Sandro with Niko Kranjcar, before Bentley put a far-post header wide - much to the delight of the visiting fans.
Arshavin then made it 4-1 when, after being tripped by Naughton, he collected Wilshere's quickly-taken free-kick and slipped the ball into the far corner.
Fabianski denied Keane with a brilliant reaction save from point-blank range after Nasri had cleared off the line.
The second period of extra-time was instantly forgettable, but the jubilant Gunners fans revelled in every minute as Wenger's side went through to the fourth round.
|Team Name||Tottenham Hotspur||Arsenal|
|Shots On Target||4||7|
|Shots Off Target||7||13|
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