The first real goal threat came on 13 minutes through the visitors. Full-back Kieran Gibbs did well down the wing and crossed the ball into the Olivier Giroud, who failed to get meaningful contact. However the ball fell to Joel Campbell 12 yards out and the Costa Rican headed over the bar.
The Gunners took the lead on 26 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 25 yard free-kick was parried by Michel Vorm, but French midfielder Mathieu Flamini was well-positioned to slot home.
The home side had a chance to reply on 31 minutes. Harry Kane played in full-back Danny Rose, who advanced on goal and cut inside, only fire an effort just wide of David Ospina’s near post. Soon afterwards Rose was a threat again.
The full-back chested the ball past Mathieu Debuchy and appeared to be through on-goal, only for Ospina to come out at his feet. Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a decent solo run from the half-way line, before curling an effort just past Vorm’s far post from just outside the penalty area.
In first half stoppage-time time Harry Kane fired a shot wide of Ospina’s far post from inside the penalty box.
Spurs looked to have equalised on 49 minutes. Christian Eriksen’s powerful effort from just inside the area was parried by Ospina, only for Kane to fire home the rebound. However, the referee’s assistant flagged to rule the goal out for offside.
On 54 minutes Spurs winger Andros Townsend hit an effort straight at Ospina from the edge of the area. Spurs equalised on 56 minutes, as Nacer Chadli’s cross was diverted past Ospina by Calum Chambers.
Tottenham came close to taking the lead on 66 minutes. Kane attempted a superb scissor-kick inside the area, only to see Flamini clear his effort off the line. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey dragged an effort wide of Vorm’s goal.
A minute later and Ramsey found substitute Alexis Sanchez, who cut inside and saw his low effort saved comfortably by Vorm. Giroud was then denied by the feet of Vorm on 71 minutes.
Arsenal took the lead on 78 minutes. Flamini hit a superb first time volley from the edge of the area that flew into the bottom corner of the net. On 83 minutes Oxlade-Chamberlain dragged an effort wide of goal after Ramsey broke forward.
There was very little more goal action, as Arsenal progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
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