One of the things I love about this squad is how quick players are praise their team-mates. After Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to score our first goal against Cardiff in the week, a number of players were straight in there to praise him.
This week and despite not getting on the score-sheet, Theo Walcott is getting the praise.
Santi Cazorla, who I thought had one of his best games in a while on Saturday was quick to praise our number 14:
He is a different [type of] player because we always play Giroud or Bendtner up front. But Theo is very quick and played very well.
Also like Nicklas Bendtner, Theo is rumoured to be facing four weeks on the sideline through injury so that need for a striker signing is gathering pace, in fact it’s becoming crucial.
Togetherness is the key this season and it’s quite apparent there is huge respect for each other throughout the squad and I can’t recall the last time we had a group of players like this.
Both Santi and Tomas were the guys who won the game in goal scoring terms but the latter has knows it’s not about singular players, it’s about the squad as a whole and how they play together:
Collectively and tactically we were disciplined. In these type of games it is important not to make a mistake and we always have the quality to score goals.
I think there are still things where we can improve a bit tactically but obviously we won such an important game for us and the fans so it was a great.
‘Collectively’, he’s been listening to Arsene Wenger too much. lol
Staying with the match, there were two incidents that went unpunished by Mark Clattenburg.
The ‘stamp’ on Nacho Monreal and the headbutt on Jack Wilshere.
Both Dembele and Bentaleb went unpunished for their behaviour and these two incidents are there to be looked at again by the FA.
If the FA grow a pair and look at the replays, both should surely receive a retrospective punishment?
Had Jack gone to ground like many players in that situation would have, Dembele would surely have received a straight red card and a three match ban.
The same should have been awarded to Bentaleb. Ok he didn’t make contact with Monreal thankfully, but back in the day of Patrick Vieira, he was shown a straight red card for ‘intending’ to harm old horse face even though his little kick out was nowhere need the Dutchman.
That was a long time ago I know but rules are rules and if the FA are to be consistent, they need to take action against both players….
However, I strongly suspect they won’t as they’ll be far too busy running and re-running the video involving Theo Walcott and his little score-line gesture to the Tottenham fans.
Oh, and I bet they ignore the coins and other objects being thrown at him…..
Come on FA, grow a pair and do what is right and not just penalise the clubs you don’t like….
We had a nice home fixture drawn out of the FA Cup pot. Coventry City….
That’s it for another day…