Arsenal escaped with a draw thus setting up a interesting return leg at White Hart lane in two weeks time. Carling cup is not a tournament that Wenger is desperate to win but definitely is a tournament that he would like to win with his youngsters. Having reached atleast the semi-final stage in the last four years with his young mostly-reserve team this will be a creditable achievement already given that couple of Premiership teams have already succumbed to this team.
Tottenham were very good no doubt about that. But the point is that even when they are very good, Arsenal fielding a second string team came away with honours even. Walcott somehow getting his body to deflect a shot into goal in the second half. Spurs dominated possession and chances in the whole of 90 minutes and Berbatov, Keane and Jenas combined well for a poor clearance from Djourou to set up the Spurs goal. Defoe and Malbranque wasted huge chances in each half to gift Arsenal a draw at Emirates.
Djourou, Senderos, Persie and Walcott are all likely to be added to the injured list and this would mean a very difficult few weeks for the defence department. Djourou put in a shabby display while Senderos was more solid and I thought came up with a few good tackles. Diaby needs to reduce on his dribbling and look at opportunities to give that killer pass, Walcott still needs to work on the final ball to culminate all his runs into the box. Fabianski was excellent and Denilson also looked good and I hope Wenger gives these youngsters one more chance to go at the Spurs.