Once again Arsenal proved that North London IS red – we whooped the spuds 5-2 and what makes the score-line even sweeter is that the goals were well distributed.
Santi Cazorla, the pint-sized Spaniard, is nothing short of world-class. He has good individual brilliance, he’s bi-pedal which makes it easier for him to switch play on either flanks with ease as well. I feel like he should be given some time out to avoid burning out because the season is very long.
I am elated we won the derby on Saturday afternoon, but I am still not convinced with our performance.
What if Emmanuel Adebayor hadn’t been sent off? What if one of their best players, Moussa Dembele, was playing? Would we have won the game? I think the best result we would have got is a draw.
People are very quick to point at our back-line problems, but I’ve always said that our hitch originates from our midfield area. We need a good ball winner, someone to shield the defence and drive the ball forward.
Laurent Koscienly is one of the best defenders in the Premier League in my opinion.
Per Mertesacker is slow, but his ability to read the game is outstanding, and it compensates for his lack of pace.
Bacary Sagna is a very consistent performer, while Thomas Vermaelen, who kept Aaron Lennon, one of the best wingers in the league, very quite. In my view, we have a good back-line if you ask me.
At 1-0 down, Spurs looked very comfortable, while we struggled to get to grips. Then came Ade’s sending off and we started to dominate, thanks to our numerical advantage. Per grabbed the equaliser with a phenomenal header (something he should be more often) and then Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud scored two more before the half ended.
Cazorla put us 4-1 ahead, and while we were 4-2, Gareth Bale almost made it 4-3. Had the Welshman done so, I don’t think the Arsenal team would’ve have coped with the pressure.
To summarise, I’m not convinced by our win over the Spuds. But I really hope this result kick-starts our season.
In other news, Nicklas Bendtner says he would be open to a move to Spurs. I believe this would be a great opportunity for us to swap him for Jermain Defoe.
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