Date:Tuesday November 13 2007
Dave Kitson, the Reading forward, last night deployed as a lone forward against the Gunners at the Madjeski stadium, has spoken of his admiration for the way this Arsenal team plays the game.
Coming from a Tottenham fan, it cannot have been easy for him to say, but speaking after the match against the Gooners, in which our boys prevailed 3-1 to return to the top of the table, The Guardian reported Kitson's views on Arsene's team:
It is unbelievably difficult playing against them and, to be honest, there wasn't a lot we could have done, they are without doubt the best footballing team on the planet right now. It's absolutely phenomenal stuff. Trying to get near Fábregas, Hleb, Rosicky, it's a tough ask. The thing that amazes you most is they are not just passing to each other. They are passing so that the next person can run on to the ball and, by then, his mind is already made up with what he is going to do next. It is unbelievable.
Fabregas puts his foot on the ball, has a look, sees what he wants to do and then he plays it four yards in front of him to Hleb. He'll turn round, play it another four yards by which time Fabregas has already gone past, and so it goes on. Trying to get near to them and stop it - I'm not saying it can't be done because the team they beat 7-0, Slavia Prague, managed to do it last week - but it is tough. They don't have off days very often.
It's interesting to compare them with Manchester United or Chelsea. What I would say about Arsenal is they are not reliant on one, two, three or even four people. They all kind of chip in even though, against us, they didn't really use their full-backs, simply because they didn't need to. I thought they had another couple of gears to go. It will be close at the end of the season between the three of them but even for a Tottenham fan like me - and to say this is blasphemy - you hope that a team who play as well as Arsenal win something. Their approach is just magic.
They have one major injury in Robin van Persie and they don't even look as if they are missing him. Emmanuel Adebayor plays up front on his own and he is almost like two strikers up there. When Barcelona came in for Henry, Wenger must have seen the fee, looked at Adebayor and thought it was Christmas. He had a player waiting there for his chance and the unbelievable thing is that he probably wouldn't even have to spend the money.
Just looking at Adebayor as a technician and as a football player, that is what every striker should aspire to. He is very right footed but, when you are that good, you don't need your left foot. He is 6ft 5in and you look at him and think: 'How is he doing this?' For his goal, the ball came at him at 100mph and he just cushioned it into the far corner. Then there's Fabregas. It is not even fair that a kid that young can have so much talent. He is world-class already: definitely among the top five players in the league, definitely one of the top players in the world. It's frightening. Wenger must be licking his lips because there is just silverware here on in for Arsenal.
So there you have it.
Spoken from a spurs fan, who's experienced the beauty and deadly potency of Arsenal's play up close and personal. Fair play to Kitson.
Any other spuds wanna pay homage to the team playing the best football on the planet (according to one of your own...)?
Date:Tuesday November 13 2007
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