Ruthless Ramos puts Robinson's Spurs career on the rocks


Last updated at 07:41 10 January 2008

A late equaliser from Theo Walcott kept Arsenal's Carling Cup hopes alive but Paul Robinson's Tottenham career appears to be over after he was axed from last night's derby.

England goalkeeper Robinson has

now been dropped by both club and country ahead of their most

important games of the season

to date and Spurs manager

Juande Ramos refused to offer

him any support after the


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Ramos said: 'He is no

different to Stalteri or Boateng

or the others on the bench. Only

11 can play.

'We have 25 players

in the squad and those who play

must make the most of their

chance on the pitch. He is a

good goalkeeper, which he has

demonstrated in his career so


Robinson lost his England

place to Scott Carson for the

decisive Euro 2004 qualifier

against Croatia in November

and Fabio Capello was in the

crowd for last night's game at

the Emirates Stadium to

witness the loss of the keeper's

Spurs place to Radek Cerny.

Asked if Robinson would be

recalled on Saturday, Ramos

said: 'All players will be

considered. We will have to look

at what we have available.'

Spurs dominated the

semifinal first leg and took a

firsthalf lead through Jermaine

Jenas but squandered several

chances and were eventually

pegged back by Walcott's

79th-minute strike.

Ramos said: 'We deserved a

better result but the tie lasts

180 minutes and we have played 90.

'My team played a good

game and if we were a little

more accurate, we could have

had a better scoreline.'

Arsene Wenger admitted

Spurs had been the best team

and was relieved to escape with

a draw after Steed Malbranque,

Ledley King and Jermain Defoe

all wasted good opportunities

to make it 2-0 before Walcott's


The Arsenal boss said: 'It was

a good result for us considering

Tottenham created more


'It would have

killed the game if it had gone to

2-0 but at 1-1 we are in a

good position with a good


Robinson may well have

played his last game for Spurs,

whom he joined from Leeds in

2004, and his omission will alert

Manchester City boss Sven

Goran Eriksson, who is in the

market for an experienced


Pascal Chimbonda is also

ready to leave Spurs this

month, upset by the club's

£8million offer for Rangers full

back Alan Hutton.

Defoe claims he has been told

he can leave.

On Defoe, Ramos said: 'He is,

to all intents and purposes, a

Tottenham player. Any private

conversations I have with my

players will remain in private.'

For Arsenal, the game brought

more injuries — with Robin van

Persie, Philippe Senderos and

Johan Djourou all picking up


Walcott hobbled off

after twisting his ankle but it is

not thought to be serious.

Wenger said: 'Together with

the three players who have left

for the African Cup of Nations,

we have lost seven players in

two days. We have a problem in

central defence. Perhaps I will

have to play there.'

Van Persie was making his

return from a thigh injury, but

came off at half-time with the

same problem.

'We will have to see if it is just

a little bit of scar tissue which

will keep him out for one or two

days or something longer,' said


Djourou also came off at

half-time with a groin injury

and Senderos struggled

through the game with a knee


Wenger denied that keeper

Jens Lehmann had struck a

deal to move to Borussia


'He has not agreed personal

terms and we have no

agreement with Dortmund,' insisted

the manager.