That was probably our worst performance of the season so far, and Tottenham Hotspurs played as well as they could. End result? draw.

If we play like that in the second leg then you would imagine that winning the game would prove very difficult indeed.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to signal failure at Finsbury park station.

The surprise inclusion was Robin Van Persie starting the match alongside Bendtner with inform striker Eduardo on the bench. Diarra was omitted from the squad which probably means that he is set for a move away from Arsenal, possibly to Newcastle United. Gilberto and Denilson started the match in central midfield. Theo Walcott was fit enough to start on the right wing in place of Eboue who departed to Ghana.

Arsenal started the match the better team and passed the ball quickly, Tottenham sat quite deep with King at the heart of the Spurs defence.

Theo Walcott had the first sight of goal but took too long to take the chance, an early shot would have been the best option but instead he was dispossessed.

Arsenal created the first clear cut chance of the game on 15 minutes when Van Persie played a lovely reverse pass to Hoyte who was motoring down the right, his first time cross was met by Bendtner, the big Danes header was palmed out by Cerny who was starting inplace of the dropped Robinson.

Abou Diaby had a wild strike high over the bar minutes later.

On 24, O'Hara who had a very good game against Arsenal in the league match last month had a freekick just outside the penalty area and he curled just wide of the far post.

Jamie O'Hara and Berbatov were slowly starting to get themselves into the match and Tottenham were having more of the ball than they did in the early period of the first half.

On 32 minutes Tottenham missed their best chance of the game so far. Berbatov found Keane in the penalty area but his touch let him down, Malbranque picked up the pieces and shot wide when he perhaps should have done better.

The warning signs were starting to appear for Arsenal. Tottenham were beginning to have far too much space infront of the Arsenal back four. The triangles were starting to appear for Tottenham and disappear for Arsenal just as it did in the league match.

Dimitar Berbatov was starting to run the show. As Arsene said, he picks up positions were you don't want him to be. He reminded me a little of Dennis Bergkamp last night. Pulling the ball down from the air with ease and playing neat inch perfect through balls. Arsenal needed someone to get close to him but it never happened.

Berbatov was at it again a minute later with a fantastic outside of the foot pass to Keane who crossed to Malbranque, the Frenchman headed wide.

Arsenal's passing stopped, the passing options seemed to vanish and balls were being hit longer. Denilson and Diaby couldn't get on the ball and dictate the play. It was all Tottenham.

The goal was only a matter of time and it arrived on 37 minutes. Djourou didn't clear the ball properly and it fell to Berbatov who first time played a pass through the middle to Keane who was running towards goal, the Irishman looked up and saw Jens bursting into the box and played a low cross to Jenas to sidefoot past Fabianski.

Everytime Berbatov had the ball at his feet, he made something happen. on the 45th minute his chip was held by Fabianski.


Apart from Hoyte, Fabianski and Bendtner everyone else was below par. Gilberto gave the ball away on far too many occasions, Theo Walcott continued to run into defenders instead of finding an Arsenal player with a pass. Van Persie couldn't get himself involved in the game.

Arsene made two changes at half time. Eduardo replaced Van Persie and Sagna replaced Djourou.

Justin Hoyte played alongside Senderos with Sagna moving to right back.

Tottenham started the second half just as they ended the first. On 52 Keane fired wide from 20 yards out but he dragged his shot wide.

On 61 Traore sent in a fantastic curling cross that was heading for Bendtner but King did fantastic to get to it before the Dane.

Ledley King was making a massive difference for Tottenham, he was first to alot of balls and passed well out from defence.

Time and time again Abou Diaby runs with the ball and doesn't release it. He is playing in a one-two touch team who carve teams open by passing the ball early but Diaby holds onto the ball for too long.

On 72 minutes he was lucky as he tried to dribble out from his own defence but the referee gave a foul.

On 79 minutes Arsenal got the goal completely against the run of play. Eduardo played a great pass through to Walcott who was running through on goal, Lee tracked the youngster into the box and Walcott's shot bounced off the Tottenham defender back onto Walcott's arm and into the net, it wasn't pretty but by this point anything will do. 1-1.

Jermaine De foe could have won it for Tottenham on 85 minutes. Berbatov found Lennon who crossed to Defoe, his early shot was spooned over the bar. He was offside by it wasn't given.

Walcott was injured on 90 minutes and was replaced by Randall.

So full time and it finished all square. We were very lucky to get something from the game and we will have to play alot better than that to get into the final.

It will be interesting to see if Arsene has a stronger bench in the return leg.