Arsenal 5 (Mertesacker 24, Podolski 42, Giroud 46, Cazorla 60, Walcott (plus moustache) 91) – Tottenham Hotsp*r 2 (Adebayor 10, Bale 71)
Man of the Match – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Blown away! That’s the only way you can describe the manner in which Arsenal thrashed Sp*rs and keep a tight grip on North London supremacy. As has been the case in the past few meetings between these two sides, there was yet another goal fest, with Arsenal, as usual, at their ‘derby’ best!
There were no surprises in the Arsenal line-up, with Sagna, Arteta, Giroud, Walcott (plus moustache) and Oxlade-Chamberlain all passing fitness assessments to be included in the squad. Sp*rs on the other hand, going through an injury crisis, played 4-4-fucking 2, with Emmanuel Greedybayor partnering Jermain Defoe up front.
Sandro and Tom Huddlestone shored up midfield, while Hugo Lloris was selected ahead of Brad Friedel in goal. At left-back, Kyle Naughton was choses, with Steven Caulker ruled out. This meant, Jan Vertonghen moved to centre-back with William Gallas.
The pre match hostility was clear for everyone to see, when messrs Bacary Sagna, did what he did to Robin van Cunty, and completely ignored Greedybayor. It probably set the tone for the Togolese international to portray what an utterly stupid individual he is.
In the very first minute, he tangled with Jack Wilshere, who too, did not pay much attention to Gareth Bale’s pre-match pleasantries. The Emirates was rocking, after rather anxious games against Schalke, QPR and Fulham. Gallas and Greedybayor were booed right from the outset, as Sp*rs looked to dominate the early moments of the match.
It seemed like a carbon copy of the Fulham game, as the cunts were able to pass the ball with relative ease, and even had the ball in the net, when Gallas’ left-footed effort beat Szczesny, from a free-kick routine, but was ruled out as offside.
But, Sp*rs did not have to wait too long, as a brilliant long ball, from Vertonghen, to spot Bale and Defoe, was met with an angled shot from the latter. Szczesny saved, but failed to hold on, and it fell right in front of Greedybayor, who poked the ball home. And being the enormous money grabbing whore he is, he jumped over the advertisement hoarding, in a way of celebration. Just like he did couple of years back, when he was at Moneybags City.
But, minutes later, there was a feeling of ‘good riddance’, as his brainless challenge on Cazorla was met with a straight red card from Howard Webb. A little scuffle between Wilshere and Bale followed, and both had to be separated, but Greedybayor had single-handedly handed the Gunners the impetus.
With the man advantage, the Gunners took complete control of midfield, and Theo Walcott (plus moustache) took advantage of an uncertain Kyle Naughton, with a delicious cross. At the end, was a monstrous header from the gigantic friendly German. The Emirates rose as his thumping effort reached the back of the net. Scores were level, even as Gallas looked like he had been robbed of his possessions.
Olivier Giroud, rejuvenated with his recent goal scoring exploits, had a go at his international teammate, with another strong header, but it was kept out by a fine save from Lloris. Giroud had another go, before a Cazorla effort whizzed over the goal, with Lloris perfectly judging the flight of the ball.
But, Arsenal did not have to wait long to convert dominance into goals. Arteta and Wilshere combined to set up Lukas Podolski, who, with his back to the goal, and Gallas for close company, turned and shot. His effort went through the legs, and bumbled past into the net, with Lloris helpless.
And, there was more to cheer before half time, as Cazorla’s reluctance to go down, and perseverance payed off. Kyle Naughton hacked the Spanish midfielder, but he continued on his run, found space on the left, and crossed. Giroud, managed to swivel the ball into the net, past a horde of Sp*rs legs.
Andre Villas Boas made some interesting changes, or rather took some bold risks at half time by removing both his full-backs and bringing on a defender and an attacking midfielder in Michael Dawson and Clint Dempsey. Sp*rs reverted to a classic 3-5-1, 10 man formation, and started the second half just like they had started the first. Keeping good possession.
But, Arsenal were looking increasingly dangerous on the breaks. Walcott (plus moustache) released Podolski, and his inch perfect cross was met with a clinical Cazorla finish. 4-1 to the Arsenal, and surely, game over!
Credit should go to Sp*rs however, and especially Gareth Bale, who showed glimpses of why he is potentially world class. He tormented the Gunners defence time and time again with his trickery and pace. But, Arsenal were the ones creating the real chances at goal, as Walcott (plus moustache) set up Giroud, but his shot was high and not so handsome.
Bale’s work rate was rewarded with a goal, when he drilled a right footed shot, which escaped the entire Arsenal defence. And Sp*rs had chances to reduce the deficit, when Aaron Lennon’s shot went narrowly wide, and it looked for sometime Sp*rs could really make a game out of it, when Bale’s shot was wide, and Defoe couldn’t cleanly connect to a corner.
Arsene Wenger bought on Aaron Ramsey (plus moustache) and Andre Santos, and the former almost set up Walcott, but Lloris gathering the ball. Olivier Giroud left to a standing ovation, to be replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The bulky England winger made full use of a Sp*rs defence, completely out of steam, and set up Walcott, whose tidy finish made the score a resounding 5-2. The same result, when the two teams met way back in February. Becoming a habit, ain’t it?
The parting scenes were those of Sp*rs fans trying to leave the scene of humiliation, but the stewards probably had other ideas, as they blocked all the exits. Or something, and chants of “Are you Tottenham in disguise?” reverberated around the stadium!
It was another fantastic win over our local rivals, and despite the media saying, it was down to Sp*rs going down to 10 men, Arsenal displayed ruthlessness, rarely seen this season.
Plenty of positives then. Walcott looks in the form of his life, with 9 goals and 7 assists already so far. Giroud and Podolski seem to be getting a hang of English football, while Cazorla was inspirational last evening. Wilshere seems to be doing well since his return from injury.
Defensively, we still remain poor. Mertesacker’s positioning on the first goal was abject, while Sp*rs had enough chances to burn. Defence really needs some tightening up.
But, I am not complaining. In your face, you scum down the road!
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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