Nov 17

Spurs thrashing is just the tonic for Arsenal

Arsenal’s 5-2 win over arch-rivals Tottenham is exactly what the club needed days before a crucial Champions League group stage match against Montpellier.

Scoring five goals, regardless of the Gunners’ man advantage, shows Arsenal’s critics that Robin van Persie’s goals from last season are being shared across the pitch while Arsene Wenger’s summer signings are finally starting to find their feet.

Tottenham exposed the cracks in the Arsenal defence early on, but there’s no doubt that winning against a team who recently beat Manchester United at Old Trafford is only going to increase the confidence of everyone at the Emirates.

Reality check

There is no hiding behind the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side still look fragile at the back. Tottenham’s opening goal was a prime example of how Arsenal’s defence has worsened since their successes at Anfield and the Etihad earlier in the season.

73 per cent of the goals Arsenal have conceded this season have been in the first half. The obvious lack of concentration is something which assistant manager Steve Bould insisted on resolving during pre-season and following the superb defensive displays against Liverpool and Manchester City, it looked like his advice had paid off.

However, defensive lapses have crept into Arsenal’s last recent games. Kieran Gibbs’ injury seriously affected the backline, with replacement Andre Santos appearing to be out of his depth in vital matches against Manchester United and Schalke.

Jack’s back

The return of Jack Wilshere to this Arsenal side has been underestimated. His superb technique and elegance on the ball is something which Spurs midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Sandro couldn’t deal with today.

Everything about Wilshere is admirable; his passion, enthusiasm for the game coupled with his low-centre of gravity and ability make him one of the best young midfielders in Europe.

After not playing a competitive game for 17 months, he’s quickly fitted into the Arsenal midfield and already shown great understanding alongside Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.

Wilshere’s return is a massive boost for both club and country – it’s fantastic to see him back.

Sign da ting!

Theo Walcott is in superb form right now and looks like he’s playing for that big-money contract. Whether he signs it at Emirates Stadium or elsewhere is a question set to be answered in the coming month.

He’s been involved in 13 Arsenal goals this season, scoring 8 and assisting 5 – more than any other player.

Walcott said he deserves a run in the starting eleven and on his current form it’s hard to disagree with him.

His finishing, vision and technique have all improved and he’s a player who will most likely come back to haunt Arsenal if he leaves.

Message to the Arsenal board: sign him up before he goes elsewhere.

Giroud getting goals

Summer signing Olivier Giroud has now scored five goals in his last five appearances for Arsenal and is another player who has hit form at a crucial time.

He faces his former club Montpellier next week knowing that he could help Arsenal qualify for the Champions League last 16.

Giroud has quickly silenced the doubters who questioned whether he would settle into English football after a goalless first few games.

The French international has all the attributes of a top striker and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

Wenger’s summer signings can genuinely help Arsenal push on for honours this season. Consistency is the key.

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14 Responses to “Spurs thrashing is just the tonic for Arsenal”

  1. Don says:

    Beating 10 men Spuds should not disguise the facts

    1.Wenger has to go and go soon.For long periods when we had a man advantage Spuds were the better team

    2.Our defence is still shit.4-1 up against 10 men and we are still nervous

    3.Szczesny is not the answer in goal.At fault with both goals

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  2. ped says:

    not too sure about this as if ade hadn’t been sent off we might be looking at a spurs win as the arsenal defence was all over the place… as for wilshere not being contained by sandro, well 11 against 10 makes it a bit easier doesn’t it?

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  3. Stroud Green Road Boy says:

    Wenger said in his post-match interview that we play a ‘high risk’ game i.e. he basically isn’t interested in the defence which is why this team cannot win anything. It’s almost like pinball, we might win 5-2, we might draw 4-4, we might lose 4-3… who knows from game to game.

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  4. Lobster says:

    There are some miserable Arsenal fans out there, we win against the enemy and you all are talking like this. FUCK OFF and go support barcelona like all the other people who can’t handle being loyal to a non-perfect team, we don’t want to be associated with you miserable mugs

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  5. Savage says:

    If you can’t enjoy these wins, you basically don’t get football. There is no “but” to this result – just savour it.

    Very pleased with Giroud’s performance again, and also loved the way Mert celebrated his goal.

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  6. Wombledin says:

    Yes, just like last season we’ve turned the corner and this formidable display will propel the squad to securing another trophy of scraping in to CL qualification. I’m jumping for joy, woohoooooo!!!

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  7. PETER LIDDON says:

    Sorry lads, But as a Spurs season ticket holder…That is the worst arsenal team I have seen in the history of the prem…..If Spurs had kept 11 players on the pitch we would have beat you easily. Enjoy your day, Wenger is finished.

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  8. archwaygunner says:

    I don’t want to sink to the level of the knuckle-draggers, so I will just say Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha

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  9. Zgunner says:

    So many Arsenal fans complain that Arsenal have a problem killing off games.

    We did just that today and there is no two ways to look at it. WE WON DUMBDUMBS…

    Arsenal!

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  11. fan says:

    to be honest, that tackle wasn’t so bad. yellow but not red.

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  12. arshavin says:

    Finally a more down to earth and sensible blog,other blogs I have been to were basically praise Arsene Wenger,In arsene we trust–not me though,pure bullsh*t.Wenger has to go,he hasn’t shown anything from a managerial point of view,it’s just that a red card deflated spurs and thins became very easy for us.Even then we made it look very difficult for most of the second half.It must be noted that we have a good strike force with Giroud and Wallcot working together,but midfield is still struggling along with defence.Wenger still plays Ramsey,I mean why even have someone like Arshavin earning 80k a week in the squad just to make numbers.I feel really sorry for Arshavin,I don’t know if Wenger has something personal against him.I hope he leaes in January to a team where he can get more playing time.Santos despite having been prooved a terrible signing keeps getting chances and guess what,he is more likely to get contract extension than Arshavin or Wallcot.Don’t blame board for that.

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  13. arshavin says:

    Look at this victory this way–Wenger goes in with plan A,and the team basically switch on after the red card and we win the game,still no plan B,good if we are content to finish in the top 4 for another season but not to win anything.

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  14. arshavin says:

    He doesn’t even bother to rest players like Arteta,Carzola and we have to play four games in two weeks.They are being terribly ovrworked,we wuld be 7-0 up and still I can’t see Wenger making those subs.This victory will suppress calls for Wenger to resign,but this is becoming quite infuriating to watch and listen to.

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