Morning all.

It’s been a pretty good weekend as far as results go with Man City and Liverpool both dropping three points. Liverpool aren’t a threat for a top four place right now but I just don’t like them. Newcastle Utd and Chelsea managed to scrape three points each yesterday but the performance and result of the day was at Tottenham’s ground where an Arsenal team turned up and rolled the opposition over with ease.

The pre-match questions for Mikel Arteta were about discipline, losing out to Chelsea in the transfer window and will Arsenal ever beat Tottenham away from The Emirates. Throughout the game, the only time Craig Pawson had players around him was when Tottenham players objected to some of decisions. Right at the end of the game, it was Richarlison behaving badly by shoving Aaron Ramsdale in the face and it was one of the home club’s fans who jumped over the stand to kick our goalkeeper in the back before running away. Yes, it’s Tottenham who should soon be slapped with an FA charge or two this week. A lifetime ban from football stadiums should be in order for the idiot who assaulted Aaron Ramsdale.

Football fans like to give it, but they can’t always take it when it comes to ‘banter’. Aaron Ramsdale said after the game that he and the Tottenham fans were enjoying a bit of good spirited exchanges but one idiot had to take it too far. Granit Xhaka had a little exchange of words with the Tottenham bench (not literally) and Gabriel Martinelli tried to wind up Romeo by controlling the ball using his back. Hilarious really albeit a bit naughty. Lol

I thought Mikel Arteta was brilliant at the end of the game, especially when he saw Granit Xhaka making a beeline towards the action. He wasn’t letting one of his players get into trouble so chased him down and moved him on to the best place possible. The corner where the Arsenal fans were, and together they celebrated what was a really good performance and a fantastic result.

As for the game itself, I’m sure pundits and media alike will say that Tottenham were awful in the first half and they were, but that was because Arsenal didn’t let them play. Mikel Arteta’s players were all over their counterparts like a bad rash.

Arsenal’s passing game was superb, the work off the ball, superb. Could have been more clinical in front of goal but hey, I’m not going to moan for the sake of moaning. The home team were marginally better in the second half but when Arsenal needed to dig in, they did. Plus, Aaron Ramsdale was outstanding.

Lloris on the other hand was awful, yet a joy to watch. What a hash he made of Bukayo Saka’s shot eh. Hilarious. Arsenal’s second came after Thomas Partey cleared up in defence, played the ball out to Bukayo Saka who passed to Martin Odegaard in acres of space just outside the Totts penalty area. A look up, a swing of his left foot and the ball bobbled nicely over Lloris’ outstretched arm before nestling nicely in the back of the net. Thomas Partey hit a fantastic shot which smashed into the post which was a great shame. Eddie Nketiah had a couple of chances too but yesterday wasn’t his day. Like every other player though, he worked his socks off, at one point tracking back to successfully slide tackle a Totts player.

For the first time in a number of years, Arsenal have done the double over the neighbours which great as far as the rivalry between the two club goes but the fashion in which Mikel Arteta’s team beat Conte’s is the most pleasing. The consistency of performance the players are achieving is excellent. Individually and collectively, players have upped their game.

But, we’re just half way through the season. An eight point gap between ourselves and second place Man City is brilliant but, those points can soon be recovered. Better still though is Arsenal being fifteen points and a game in hand over fifth place Tottenham and sixteen points and two games in hand over Fulham in sixth place.

Paul Merson reckons it’s Arsenal League title to throw away but I disagree. Man City have a deeper and stronger squad, they’ll be able to cope with the addition of European football fixtures better than most other clubs. Certainly Arsenal. But at least the European fixtures don’t begin again until March so for now, Mikel Arteta can focus on the League. Manchester Utd is next up for his players and it’ll be a tough one as Utd seem to have found a bit of form. They have a midweek game in London against Crystal Palace, Arsenal however, have the week off.

Transfer gossip: Sky Sports report that Arsenal could try again for Raphinha. The move to Barcelona hasn’t gone that well for the player and with the Catalan club needing to balance their accounts, Raphinha could leave. Brighton winger Leandro Trossard is also linked to Arsenal along with a few others whose names I forgot after reading them.

Seriously though, the club clearly have money available so I just hope in the next two weeks, they can secure a couple of deals which would turn our hope for a PL title into a reality.

Catch up in the comments…