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Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham: Reliant Robin earns his Spurs

In Arsenal FC, Premier League 2009/10 on November 2, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

It looks like we have shut the Spuds up for another few months then with a performance that left even the most hardy Spurs fans noting that they had some way to go to catch up with us.

I had a very good feeling before the game, a feeling I hadn’t had since that 5-1 beating we took. Maybe it was confidence or just a sign of what was to come, whatever it was I liked it and enjoyed every second of this North London Derby.

We started off much the better team, passed it well and created a few half-chances. Cesc was denied by what I must admit was a quite breathtaking save from Gomez after he pounced on a deflection in the box, Arshavin had a pop and missed and within the first few minutes Bendtner somewhat belatedly had a dig from outside the box that wasn’t too far away. He had a good start to the game Nicklas, it was a shame to see him go off with another injury, he worked hard and was really looking to back up his comments in the press the day before, he had a goal in him thats for sure.

After all that it all started to go a little quiet, Spurs started to get into the game a bit and Alex Song made a couple of brilliant tackles to prevent them carving out chances, Vermaelen and Gallas were solid at the back and Clichy did very well defending higher up the pitch and making plenty of interceptions that gave us momentum going forward. It was Sagna that created the first goal though.

A tempting little cross was met by van Persie to tuck the ball away at the near post, despite what people may say Gomez never stood a chance and the movement from van Persie was first rate and a sign of his improvement in sniffing out chances. Its worth noting that not many of his goals recently have been the flashy sort we have so often seen from him, they are important ground out goals that you would expect Eduardo to score more than Robin.

Straight from the kick off Cesc dispossessed Palacios, shrugged him off, megged Ledfoot King and through the Spurs team before delightfully tucking away his sixth of the season already, it was beautiful and the Grove was in delirium. ‘arry claimed that none of the goals scored were good goals, if it was Ronaldo who had scored that goal the entire media would have sodden panties. It was pure world class.

Being 2-0 up didn’t take our foot off the pedal at all, we came out in the second half and carried on where we left off, it was effectively game over when Sagna siezed on the referee playing advantage to cross for van Persie who tucked the ball into an empty net after the Spurs defence did a great job of cocking it all up.

After that we could have added another three easily, Eduardo could have had a hat-trick and looked a little rusty finishing wise but his build up play was lively as always, Diaby attempted a header but somehow it managed to come of his shoulder. He has picked up a bit of stick for his performance but a little spell mid-way through the first half aside, I thought he had a good game. I wish people would get off our own players back and support them for once.

Old ‘arry was a bit grouchy after the game and claimed he’d received abuse off one Arsenal fan behind the dugout, I paraphrase: ‘He swore at me and with kids around that is not on’ – So when thousands of Spurs fans call Arsene a pedophile there are no kids around to hear it then? It was a man talking who had had his pride battered and his team had taken a beating for the second week in a row.

We moved into joint second place in the league table for a couple of hours and we are only two points off the top if we win our game in hand, we are doing pretty well thus far this season.

All in all it was a fantastic display, not full of beautiful goals but two very, very, good goals and one scrappy goal that ended it as a contest. At the moment we have the best passing central midfielder in the world and a matured van Persie who looks like he could get a fair few goals this season, 7 in 10 league games and 7 in 7 games. His slow start wasn’t all that slow in fairness was it?

We have to look forward to AZ on Wednesday now and hopefully we will banish the last minute equalizing demons of our Holland trip and secure knock-out phase football for after Christmas.

Till tomorrow.

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One Response to “Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham: Reliant Robin earns his Spurs”

  1. I had a good feeling about the game too – but I had money on 2-0 so I was the only Arsenal fan disappointed that we hammered them so much 😀 If anybody else had a cheeky punt on the game then I found this pretty interesting: http://tinyurl.com/yfl34w8 – it’s from the right2bet petition, showing how much money you could have lost depending on where you happened to be in the EU. The difference in odds is absolutely shocking! I didn’t win this time, but even if I had…

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