It had to happen someday…our season ends sadly
It is usually said that getting to the top is no big deal but the main task is staying up there. Creating records is a normal thing but the more difficult part is maintaining the record. Before last night, our dear neighbours had tried 20 times home and away to get maximum points from us in the League. But in each of those occasions, we found a way around them; a Spurs win over Arsenal in the league sounded absurd. Records are meant to be broken though and last night, Spurs put up an admirable showing encouraged and hyped by our abysmal display. They can now claim they’ve finally matured.
The players were welcomed onto the pitch with boos and cheers, depending on your team but Sol got the most boos. You would have expected Spurs fans to accept his move to Arsenal as part of football and gotten on with their lives. But scum they are, they booed his every touch. The veteran wad undeterred though as in the course of the match, he not only won all his 50-50 tackles, but also every 60-40, 70-30 and even 80-20 against him. That man has got a large heart and a good spirit too. And with Van Persie on the bench, you sensed a great derby in the offing.
The match started with Arsenal bossing possession and passing the ball around quite well but all that was undone when Almunia flapped a corner in the direction of debutant Rose. The lad volleyed it first time and the ball went straight into the net. Rose will struggle to better that goal no matter how long his career lasts. Familiar scenes all over again with Arsenal going behind by conceding a freak goal. The goal was against the “run of play” though as we continued to pass well in midfield but with little end product.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, we were dealt a huge blow when our best defender this season had to be taken off after a calf strain and now Arsene says he’s going to be out for 3 weeks. Silvestre who in my opinion is the worst player to wear the Arsenal shirt since Francis Jeffers had to come on for him and it was immediately obvious who we had in defence.
We played out the remainder of the first half without a shot on goal and bar an effort by Nikky B which he dragged well wide, we had only a blocked Rosicky shot to show for all our domination in the first half.
The second 45mins started slowly but the home fans went wild when Bale latched onto a Defoe through pass and slotted under the on-rushing Almunia. 2-0 and from the celebration, you could tell that the players couldn’t believe it; neither could the fans. We had to get a goal and fast too. Theo came on for the ineffective Sagna and Eboue dropped to right back but still there was no improvement until Robin came on. He was magic personified and everything He did led to an effort, starting with a magical control and turn in midfield. He was simply out of this world, and he was the only one who looked like getting a goal for us. How we’ve missed him!
The goal eventually came after Robin set up Theo whose cross was bundled in by Nikky B. From then on, we had hope of getting something out of the match but were confronted by an inspired Gomes…no Almunia, that’s what goalkeeping is all about. Gomes denied us 3 sure goals, twice from Robin and one from a Sol header. He was simply outstanding until the final whistle and Spurs had him to thank for their first derby win in 11 years.
The final whistle came and from the way the stadium erupted you would have thought they had to win to prevent relegation or to win the league. Now I felt how those scumbags have been feeling for the past 11 years and I can bet you, it’s not a good thing. Never do I want to relive that moment. The lads performed terribly last night and it’s so heart breaking when the only person who shows enough passion to win is a 35 yr old who’s won it all. It was sad to see Diaby and Denilson lose the ball over and over again and it was simply sickening watching Silvestre. Only Sol, Gael and Robin can hold their heads high after last night’s game and I think it’s high time Arsene did something about this lack of desire.
So after years of trying, they finally succeed but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for us. Our slim hopes of ending our 5 year trophy drought went with that win. We’ve got second place to fight for though and we need to end this season with some respect. I’m not one of those people who will call for people’s heads be it the manager or the players after a loss but one thing is certain, if we are to end this bad run of trophyless seasons next term, a lot of changes need to be made right from Arsene himself from the outfield players to the goalkeepers, to the medical staff…everything! You can only imagine where we would have been had we replaced Robin and gotten good cover for TV5 and Gallas.
Only one man can take us out of this mess and it’s none other than Le Boss simply because Arsene knows!
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