Let’s get straight into the game, no faffing eh!
Totts kicked off and within two minutes the worst fear became reality when Saha put them ahead, thanks mainly to a huge deflection off Vermaelen. The defence was all over the place, Gibbs had let Saha run free to get on the end of an Adebayor pass… Thomas tried to get a tackle in but just helped the ball loop over Szczesny
Wake up call?
Soon after, we had a shout for a penalty as Gibbs was bundled over but no surprise when Mike Dean dismissed the call…
Another penalty shout by us followed as the ball appeared to hit Parkers hand but this time, Dean was right to deny us as it hit the chest of the
Yid Tottenham man..
We may have been 1-0 down but the players heads were up, well up….
Robin had our first real chance but his shot went just wide, we had a lot of the ball and created a few half chances but Tottenham were always looking dangerous on the break, we had to be careful not to concede a second so early on..
Bale then got the better of Sagna down the left and whipped a cross into the far post which Kranjcar sent over the bar.
Round about the twenty-minute mark, a moment of magic by Robin, Sagna takes a throw-in, straight to our captain who turned and half volleyed a shot on goal which took deflection and went inches wide of the post.
A goal was coming, you could feel it….
Rosicky was the next to go close, so very close with a super glancing header from an RvP corner, great save from Friedel. Tottenham then went close on the counter attack through Walker but his shot went wide.
Modric was the first in the book, followed shortly after by Koscielny for a late one on Kranjcar and Scott Parker for a naughty tackle on RvP on the edge of the penalty area.
Then Mike Dean stole the show by awarding Tottenham a totally undeserved or justified penalty.
Bale decided to be the latest candidate for the GB Diving team by earning a spot kick. Szczesny was deemed to be the man guilty of tripping Bale over with his hand but no booking and no sending off, yet that was a clear goal scoring opportunity!
Replays clearly showed that no contact had been made and Dean made yet another major feck up in a game involving us…
Up stepped our old boy, 2-0 and thankfully no great celebration! He thought about it though….
How would we react was the question on every Gooners mind I am sure, would we sink or would we start swimming?
On thirty-five minutes, Theo headed a stray ball ahead of him, he ran on to it and the route ahead of him was clear to drive on into the penalty area but instead he panicked and tried to find RvP far too early and a great opportunity went by.
At this point, many shouts from fans were no doubt was about getting Theo off, get Chamberlain on, Theo is rubbish etc etc etc….
Justified? Maybe, Right, well you know the answer now….
Five minutes before half time, we started our comeback, RvP had a shot which hit the post and came back to Arteta, the latter crossed into the area and Sagna of all people headed home, great goal and 2-1.
Within minutes, RvP made it 2-2 with a beautiful curling shot which left Friedel stranded, having picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and losing his marker. Genius, pure genius!
We were swimming alright and we were in control, shame the half time whistle had to blow…
Before it did, Arteta found himself in Dean’s book for a late one on Modric!
Harry made a couple of changes for the second half; Van der Vaart came on for Kranjcar and Sandro for Saha.
Yossi had the first chance of the second half with a well placed shot towards the inside of the far post but Friedel made a good save. He didn’t miss his second chance though from another break which found Sagna on the right, he crossed along the ground where Tomas and Theo were lurking but the Czech got there first and flicked the ball over Friedel, a superb classy finish and we were 3-2 up…
Walcott was the next to have a chance but his shot went just wide of the far post.
Sandro goes in the book for a dreadfully late tackle on our captain!
Next of note was a moment that I thoroughly enjoyed watching.
Rosicky had the ball, played if forward to RvP down the left, there was no-one one minute, the next there was Theo who had sprinted from the half way line into the penalty area, RvP played the ball into his path, a great first touch, followed by a suspect second but boy did he finish well?
4 – 2!
Just in case any fan thought Theo was lucky, within minutes Alex Song played the ball to Theo, who held his line well to beat the offside trap, and finished with pure class, stunning.
5-2 and back in 4th place.
With fifteen minutes to go, Jenkinson makes his PL return, with Gibbs going off, Rosicky played a wonderful one two with Theo but the latter saw his shot go wide, we’ll forgive him for that one as it was on his weaker foot.
Just before eighty minutes, Theo made way for Chamberlain and Arry brought on Dawson for King..
The ‘olays’ were loud and clear as we just kept the ball, it was such a wonderful sight wasn’t it?
Just one last moment of magic to mention and that was of course form our captain as he jinked by three of the Totts players in the middle of the park and no matter what they tried, RvP came out with the ball – Happy feet!
Then a moment of madness by the already booked Scott Parker, a nasty tackle on Thomas Vermaelen saw him off for an early bath!
Actually, do swamp dwellers bath??
Gervinho then came on for Yossi.
Just before the final whistle went, Sagna wanted to make it 6-2 but his shot from miles out went flying over the bar.
Did he care, did you care? I know I didn’t….
Game over and we had beaten our not so loved ones down the road.
Ok, the first half, one man stood out for me and that was Theo Walcott. He was dire, nervous and totally out of depth but, his second half performance was darn good and his finishing was sublime.
He could play central when he finishes like that.
Other than that and the moment of defensive madness for their first goal, we were stronger today, a lot stronger mentally in my opinion.
We were winning the defensive ariel battles, the midfield battles and we created chances, plenty of them and taking five against that lot was pretty special.
Just had to chuckle when Parker went off , many an Arsenal fan waved a red card at him, no doubt those were ready for Arsene Wenger had we lost – but we didn’t and that idea backfired.
Aren’t we all glad it did……..
Finally, we have all given Arsene Wenger a bit of a hard time over recent months but yesterday, credit has to be given where it’s due.
He started with Yossi and Rosicky as we needed experience and both had really good games, he took a bit of a risk on Gibbs who is only just back from injury and it worked but most of all, he didn’t panick after Theo had a shocking first half.
He stood by them all and they repaid him, and all of us fans!
Well done Arsene, you got it spot on yesterday, and so did the players you have faith in!
I’ll leave it to you all to rate the players, me, well I rate them all very highly after that result, in fact from the moment Sagna got our first goal, I’d say that was the best performance of the season.
Who thinks we should put together a DVD? (Just kidding of course)
Not Tottenham, that’s for sure…….
Have a good day all, I know I will……….