Arsenal Reflections

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OK, the enemy defeated us again. Their goals came from the most unlikely source imaginable and their so called ‘fans’ disgraced themselves at the end.

While its always galling to lose to the Woolwich Nomads, I saw a lot of positives last night in the Spurs performance. There were negatives as well, as both goals conceded bear testimony to. When I saw the team sheet, the two names I did not want to see, Vorm and Fazio both contributed heavily to the defeat. Enough said about them.

Luck can play a part in every game, and its something Harry Kane is getting none of at the moment. The offside ‘goal’ and the superb effort (just) cleared off the line testify to that. The goals will come for Harry. His overall game is excellent and he just needs a goal, even a fluke, to get him back in the groove..

The Young Guns played well mainly. Tom Carroll looks just slightly short of the required quality, but some of his passing reminded me of a young Glen Hoddle. Eric Dier continues to impress and while Nacer Chadli did some good things, he drifts in and out without really imposing himself. Andros Townsend continues to reserve his best form for England, while Kevin Wimmer is a good guy to have as back up. Christian Eriksen should be wrapped up in cotton wool after every game. He is our most creative player by a mile and we really dont have a back up for him.Alli, Son and Clinton really didnt have the time to really impose themselves. Man of the Match ?.. Danny Rose.

Keeping back the likes of Jan, Toby, Hugo and Eric for the City game was a gamble that didnt work. Many fans are questioning whether Mauricio really understands the rivalry between Spurs and the South Londoners. We want to beat them at every level, in every competition. It shows the Carling Cup is not on his priority list. 3 points on Saturday is more important to him. Time will tell whether this happens. I suspect a raising of the Criticism Meter if City beat us. A lot of Spurs`fans are `at work today taking stick from their Gooner workmates. Given the choice, most would take a win against Arsenal and a City defeat. In all probability, and I hope I’m wrong we will end up with nothing from both games.

Its a fact that Spurs will play much worse than last night and win games. Its also very evident that we are still a work in progress and we need to be patient. The cries on Twitter for Poch to be sacked are laughable. He is moulding the team and while it will take time, I see great things for this young Tottenham side.

The Gooners might have won the battle last night, but given time, we will win the war and the balance of power.

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  1. Good article but the way arsenal play means they will always be a threat to any team. Thats the reason they end up in champ league and we dont. Potch needs one philosophy and drill it into the players like arsen did. Hopefully he has enough time to do so.


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