By Chris Harris

Theo Walcott believes that his stroke of fortune at Emirates Stadium last week might have turned the Carling Cup Semi-Final in Arsenal's favour.

The 18-year-old earned a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Tottenham after a tackle from Young-Pyo Lee ricocheted off Walcott's chest and flew past goalkeeper Radek Cerny. Spurs could and should have ended their long winless run against Arsène Wenger's side but, instead, the North London rivals will start Tuesday's second leg level on aggregate. Walcott thinks Spurs will be "kicking themselves" after letting a golden opportunity slip through their grasp.

"For the first 30 minutes I thought we played very well against Spurs, but they scored which took us by surprise and we didn't recover," he told the Arsenal Magazine.

"We didn't cope that well but luckily I got the equaliser, and it probably was a lucky goal to be honest. I have seen different angles of it and it looks like it came of my chest from some angles, and off my arm in other angles. I honestly don't know, all I know is that it went in. I went to celebrate behind the goal, then I realised it was all Spurs fans behind the goal! So I reckon I will get a bit of stick in the return match for that celebration.

"That could be an important goal, and maybe we didn't deserve the draw, so Tottenham will be kicking themselves for not beating us."

The latest Official Arsenal Magazine hits the shops tomorrow (Friday, January 18) and as usual it's crammed full of fantastic features. The magazine, which is available from club shops, retail outlets and through subscription (call 020 8342 5858) priced £3.25 also offers fans a unique opportunity to win the ultimate AC Milan competition prize this month, which features tickets to both games, flights and dining at a top Italian restaurant.

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Chris Harris 18 Jan 2008