Arsenal 5 – 2 Tottenham. Yes, it’s happened again! by KJ
What a brilliant day of football. A convincing win over North London rivals as well as a few other results going our way.
The game started off extremely sloppy from the Arsenal players. The passing wasn’t crisp and hence, we were unable to really maintain any meaningful possession. Tottenham were able to pile on the pressure and as we all know, when teams do that, it usually ends up in a goal.
Defoe was able to get a shot away after losing Mertesacker (it was really unusual from the German who made quite a massive mistake leading up to the goal). It was palmed away by Szczesny but only into the path of Adebayor who dispatched it into the back of the net. 0-1.
As Adebayor became Tottenham’s saviour, he quickly turned into their villain as a rash challenge got him sent off in the 17th minute.
Once Tottenham were down to 10 men, Arsenal were finally able to actually get some possession in key areas. This resulted in a nice dinked cross by Walcott that was headed towards goal powerfully by Mertesacker beating Lloris with ease. 1-1.
Soon enough, Arsenal were able to double their goal tally with a scruffy shot by Podolski that trickled into the back of the net. Not a single fan will complain about that. 2-1.
Just before the half time whistle went, Giroud managed to add a third from a brilliant run and cross by our Spanish maestro, Santi Cazorla. 3-1
After the half time, AVB decided to change Tottenham to 3 at the back with 2 strikers up top. It was a clever tactic and really changed the dynamic of the game as they crowded out the midfield.
Fortunately, because of this tactic, there was a lot of space on the wings. Podolski managed to get a whipped cross into the box that was met by a well taken shot by Cazorla beating Lloris. 4-1
We were very comfortable and that actually caused us to lose concentration that let in a Tottenham goal. Bale was given acres of space around the box and took his goal really well across the face of goal with his weaker foot. 4-2.
An Arsenal game at the moment wouldn’t be the same without a Walcott goal and he managed to get one at the death. Chamberlain was his usual self, dodging and weaving past the Tottenham defence before crossing to Theo (who took the central position when Giroud was substituted off). Theo scored with a striker’s goal. It was well taken under quite a bit of pressure and lack of space.
It was an exhilarating game that hopefully will give the confidence back to the players. We are now 9 points off the top and if we can somehow cut the deficit to 4-5 points by Christmas, we have a real chance of the title!