Date:Saturday February 7 2009
For those Gooners who believe all Tottenham fans are beelzibub, today we're going to speak to the always polite and ever willing OxfordSpur of Vital Spurs before tomorrow's NLD.
In what can arguably be, for each team's own reasons, one of the most important derbies in recent memory, we find out what Ox thinks about the game.
Tottenham ...... what's going on this season? And will you survive?
How long do you have? I think there has been a desperate lack of a plan for some time. The balance of the squad was very poor and the overall mentality of the players is one of treading water, rather than looking to progress. With three different managers in 18 months, all with differing ideas, likes and dislikes of players, we are/were in a mess. We need stability and patience to turn this around. knowing Spurs I am never sure we will get it. Going down is an obvious worry, we have the best squad in the bottom group and are probably the ones playing furthest below their potential, but we need to win matches, nothing else matters, in truth I think we will be safe.
Has Harry Redknapp made progress with Spurs in the last transfer window or are you right back where you started 12 months ago?
At the start of the season I thought we would be a top six side, anything else was a bonus, The squad looked reasonable for an attacking 4-3-3 type formation, despite losing two top quality strikers. The problem was that the players simply didn`t seem comfortable playing the way Ramos wanted, for whatever reason. Although we are still in a relegation battle, Harry has bought premiership players who add to the squad and instantly offer us depth, competition for places, greater experience and more of a winning mentality, time will tell if it is good enough to take us forward. Personally I think so far so good..
Who is going to be Spurs main threat in the 2nd NLD of the season?
I would say Luka Modric has the potential to cause problems. To your credit you look to play football and allow others to do the same, hopefully this will give the little man room to dictate our play. It will also be interesting to see how we react to the return of Robbie Keane.
Are you happy with Robbie Keane's captaincy or do you think it's unfair to the players who remained loyal to your team?
Delighted! Sadly none of the other players had really made the job their own and I think Keane has the character they all lacked to be honest. I assume harry did his homework and spoke to the key players like King, Woodgate and Jenas, before taking the decision. I think the players are philosophical about him leaving and understood his reasons, many would have probably done or have done the same in their own careers. I don`t think players take these things as personally as the fans..
If you could have one of Arsenal's youngsters on a free transfer, which one would it be?
Samir Nasri, Looks a great player in the making, he can be sensational for you in a couple of years. Although I obviously haven`t seem too much of Jack Wilshere. He looks tremendous, I assume Cesc is too old??
Which Arsenal player will you be most nervous about tomorrow?
Robin Van Persie, is without doubt the man I fear. I think he has come of age and has added consistency to his ability. I hope Wenger leaves him on the bench and opts for Arshavin, who will hopefully be very rusty.. Emmanuel Adebayor has a great record against us and will feel he can score as usual. If he and RVP play as they can, I make you favourites.
Prediction for the match?
In my match day thread, I predicted a 2-1 win for Spurs, http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7500177 so I will stick with that. Both teams must go for 3 pts, which may either make this a great open match or one where both are scared to lose. As much as I want to see a superb game as we saw at the Emirates, as long as we win I really don`t care. A win is all that counts...
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
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