Sp*rs 1 – 4 Arsenal…

Afternoon fellow Gooners, and yesterday was my first away game in quite a long time. To be honest, my Emirates season ticket has kind of spoiled me… a large ground, loads of space everywhere… a nice turnstile, a brilliant foyer and an excellent seat… nice facilities… and space for my feet. Down at WHL, I was given a blast into the past and once again reminded why the ground has been called “Shite Hart Lane” for so long… Even Highbury was ten times better than this place, and even that wasn’t good enough for us..

One of the funniest things on route to the stadium is that their official Sp*rs shop is actually a Petrol station…

Can you believe it?

There is such a contrast to the two stadium’s it’s unbelievable! When I was down at the Emirates last week, our Arsenalisation of the stadium, was absolutely amazing, actually, it was breathe-taking!

But back to the game, and it was a very passionate game – kudos to the away fans (including the WOAers), for the loud loud noise and continuous atmosphere and banter being created it was amazing…

Sp*rs 1 – 4 Arsenal
Lansbury 15, Keane 49, Nasri 91 (pen), 95 (pen), Arshavin 105

The line up was:

Fabianski

Eboue – Djourou – Koscielny – Gibbs

Denilson – Wilshere

Nasri – Rosicky – Lansbury

Vela

It was the strongest team we’ve sent out in the competition in recent times, but still boasted 8 changes from the team that drew up at Sunderland. And it was Arsenal from the off – our team wanted to win this and that was clear from the outset. We went into the lead courtesy of an Henri Lansbury finish after some excellent play from the team as a whole, but especially Jack Wilshere, who flashed the ball in front of the goal at pace, for Lansbury to slide in to make it 1-0.

In all honesty, all I could see what a comprehensive Arsenal victory but the changes Sp*rs made at half time – Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon on, did add a little bit more guile to the home team, who got back into it straight after the break with a dubious offside decision, with Keane finishing a pass from Lennon. Could Fabianski have done better – yes… should we expect him to? Probably not… I think with every game Fabianski plays, he edges himself further out of the pecking order and closer to a transfer…

The goal didn’t set us back and we were in total domination midway into the second half – Keane and Lennon did make Sp*rs look a little more dangerous on the break, but nothing the excellent Koscielny couldn’t handle. Surely he’s made the first team slot next to Vermaelen his own? But Sp*rs defended in numbers, often having 9 or 10 men behind the ball. But Arsene wanted to win this, and added Maroune Chamakh and Andrei Arshavin to the fray, but within the 90, it remained 1-1.

Extra time was a whole different story, with a huge territorial advantage to us, and Sp*rs showing that we are far superior in the fitness department resulting to two obvious challenges in the box, both resulting in penalties, which Nasri put away and then the icing on the cake with a clever, and quick free kick allowing Arshavin through on goal to make it 4-1 to the Arsenal…

A quick mention to the away fans, who I have to say were amazing… Even the Sp*rs fans were saying that it was deafening to them and made them feel so upset… Perfect… with a personal favourite chant being… “Shall we make a…. Shall we make a…. Shall we make a DVD???? Shall we make a DVD….” at 2-1 up… classic!

Arsene spoke about the results after the game and said:

The game was enjoyable. We played well in the first half but we were only one goal in front and after that Tottenham came back. We were for a few minutes a little bit in danger but slowly we took over again and in the final 20 minutes it looked that would could score, but we didn’t. Then we got these two penalties which in my opinion were penalties and that was the turning point of the game. But overall we played very well.

And took time out to talk about Jack Wilshere, who had a pretty awesome game and was a key component to the win…

He was outstanding. I am a bit cautious with him because you do not want to get too quickly too early all the praise. In the first half I think he has shown a little bit of everything you want from a football player. He got some stick and he could take it, he didn’t respond. He played, tackled, won the ball and tactically his position on the pitch was always good. He had an outstanding first half. He is fearless.

And one final snippet from the gaffer was about Henri Lansbury – a player who he compares to Ray Parlour and a player who could seriously make it down at the Emirates and go on to become an International too… he’s got it all…

He has not played for a long time and he is a bit like Ray Parlour – up and down, fantastic engine, good attitude. He smells when you have to be in the box. He is a player who is always in there when a cross is coming in from the other side. He always scores goals.

So, Arsene has finally taken the Carling Cup with a bit more seriousness than before – considering he could have started with JET and Eastmond if he really really wanted to play the youth… and that’s an interesting statement of intent. We’ve got WBA at home next, and we need to kick on in all competitions. Arsene knew was a rollicking to a very young team would have down for our team and confidence, so kudos to the manager.

And finally, Carlos Vela has been banned for 6 months for Mexico – for apparently partying after a win early this month. Good for us in my opinion. No more long trips to the middle of nowhere, no more fatigue from International games, he’s Arsenal through and through for the next six months, so that can only be a good thing…

  • devday

    Good news re: Kieran Gibbs…

    The Club is happy to confirm that following last night’s Carling Cup Third Round match at Tottenham Hotspur, a scan to Kieran Gibbs’ foot has shown there is no fracture.

    Kieran has suffered severe bruising to his left foot and will hopefully only be missing from first-team action for the short term.

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/gibbs-foot-injury-is-only-short-term

  • jeffvip

    Thats is a best injury news we had so far

  • devday

    @ jeffvip:
    Tell me about it, Gibbs is such a good player, it would have been such a shame for him to be injured!

  • Arsenal Future Manager

    We Fully Outplayed Them In Their Own Home hahhhhaaa, I Really Wanted To See JET Cum On Doe

  • devday

    @ Arsenal Future Manager:
    Me too, really wanted to see JET, but as Arsene really wanted to win the game he opted for experience…

    Thought JET may come on near the end, but the injury to Gibbs meant he couldn’t (he was warming up!)…!

  • Yemi

    @ devday:
    Great news about Gibbs, i just saw it on the official website.
    He really played well.
    IMO though, i think djourou was a little shaky yesterday and eboue was not great at defending (Though he was good on the attacking side)

  • devday

    @ Yemi:
    Arsene did point out that Djourou will take a bit of time and is short of fitness so I expected a few dodgy moments from him… Eboue, I thought was actually very decent. If he missed a tackle, he recovered well…

    Would be good to have some of the injured players back as I think at least 6 of those who played yesterday will play against WBA…!

  • Yemi

    @ devday:
    That right side of defence was under constant battering in the game. Maybe it was due to lansbury not helping out in defending

  • devday

    @ Yemi: Lansbury did veer inside a bit but did track back well – may be because Keane pulled out wide left, we looked outnumbered a little.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    I am well happy about Gibbs. He was immense last night, hope to see more of him this season. As for jack the lad, he ran the show in midfield, quality player! I imagine AW will now rest nasri for the WBA game?

  • Sam

    Great game, great football, great result.
    Anyone’s got some good news on Cesc? We really need him for Chelski.

  • devday

    @ Gooner Get Ya:
    Indeed, the form and class Jack Wilshere has definitely surprised me – he has improved as every game has gone on – reminds me of when Cesc first got into our team… very exciting at the moment!

  • devday

    @ Gooner Get Ya:
    As for WBA, you’d have to think that Nasri will be rested, but with so many players injured (Cesc, Walcott, Diaby), you’d be a little pushed to replace him…

    Almunia
    Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy
    Song – Wilshere
    Nasri – Rosicky – Arshavin
    Chamakh

    The three players to last the distance (120 mins) against Sp*rs were Kos, Wilshere and Nasri, but who else can can in?

  • devday

    @ Sam:
    No further news on Cesc – although general consensus is that the Chelsea game is too soon!

  • Kodjo

    @ Deve

    I think Kos will be the one to make way in defense…if Verminator is fit…he has played too many games back to back already.ooh he missed out in the game after L’pool so maybe its not all that bad.

    If Wilshere is fit i can see Wenger playing Song & Denilson as defensive mids…playing Wilshere in the Cesc role…meaning that Nasri gets rested. Vela might get game time too if Wenger decides to play him on the left of midfield.

    Chamakh looked tired to me….worrying signs of overuse!

  • devday

    @ Kodjo:
    Good points there, Chamakh and Kos have played a lot… but signs are that Vermaelen won’t be fit for the weekend, so it looks like Kos will have to play – I wouldn’t want to risk playing Djourou straight away after this game…

  • Bonathan

    yeah, great result. i think wenger called it right. losing to our bitter rivals after the unlucky end to the sunderland game at the weekend wouldn’t have been good. especially after the 5-1 in this competition last time. that result should help bury a few ghosts and provide a nice platform to go on from into the next game.

    could have done without the extra time and would have done if it wasn’t for a couple of bad decisions.

    fabianski showed once again he is a bit limp wristed and once again reminds us of our accilles heal, the goalkeeper position. Almunia isn’t top quality but i think it’s gonna be so vital we keep him fit and injury free this season. I still think we can win trophies with himj in if he can find his form but if we have to rely on fabianski for any significant amount of time we could be in trouble.

    it begs the question, is fabianski our second best keeper? or should one of the other two now be given a chance to deputise?

  • devday

    Wow, Chelsea lose at home – a Sol Campbell inspired Newcastle win 4-3… whatever next hey? Man City beat Chelsea on Saturday? Surely not?