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Anyone Else Feel Sick?

I don`t think I stand alone when I say I`m not a fan of North London Derby day.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham is probably the best derby match in English football. Whilst most derbies are over-hyped, cagey affairs, the NLD rarely disappoints in terms of action. However, for me personally, the feeling of tension far outweighs any possible enjoyment I can garner from this fixture.

Sure, like everyone else, I go mental when we score, and when we win, but ultimately, the overwhelming feeling is one of relief. Relief that the fixture is over, and we came through it unscathed. And that for a few more months at least, we don`t need to suffer that sickly feeling in our stomachs.

This year however, that feeling of nausea has been multiplied tenfold. Spurs are having their best season in living memory, whilst we, a mere two places below them, are having our worst.

The North London derby today takes on extra meaning, not only is it NLD, not only is it another 3 points to win or lose, not only is it a chance to take back 4th place from Chelsea, but this game becomes our last chance to mount a charge to try and topple Spurs.

If we lose today then there is no chance we can catch Tottenham, and whilst it`s true that even if we win it would still be unlikely, the mounted pressure we put on them as they undertake a number of tricky fixtures could prove vital.

We must win today, for all the reasons listed, but most of all, so I can stop feeling ill.

So this is what it feels like to be a Spurs fan eh? I`m not sure how you put up with it all these years.




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 26 2012

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

Yes. Cant we just call it a draw and all be content?
HuddersfieldYiddo
no your not on your own rocky
jljyid
Over the past couple of years, Spuds have kept their best players and brought in decent players to add to the squad; over the same time we have sold our best players and have brought in inadequate replacements, and not added to the squad depth at all. Now THAT makes me feel sick. That said, we'll win today and start the Spuds on their long overdue descent down the table.
elbondo
Not much to worry about,we all know the real truth about the this Arsenal side
ajwb
blargh
ajwb
i feel like dancing
Cape Town Spurs
Shall we dance CTS?
ajwb
Disgusting dive from Bale, we should be well ahead in the game by now.
bowiecokemirror
yes they had to dive to get their second goal, what a shame
49ers
Some 1st half that.
nikolaijns
That was a blatant dive by Jug ears. Well, with Dean as ref, you would expect him to give it against us won't you? I am not fooled by the rash of yellow cards issued to Spurs players (he evened things out eventually) as I know he will be looking to give out a red to one of ours as soon as we look on top.
Naijagunner
Theo can be frustrating and Song started too slowly, only growing into the occasion late on. A driving force for our team, at the moment. A good decision to play Benny today; a wise old head with experience and creative abilities. Vermaelen is not having a good game but I think he will get stronger. The Ox for Theo will make a huge difference and late on, Gervinho in. Let's keep the faith.
Naijagunner
The changes they have made suggest they want to keep things tight and maybe, catch us on the break.
Naijagunner
rosickys first goal since 1986
49ers
Walcott!!! love the look on Bungpuss's face!!
bowiecokemirror
Well, what do you know. I take it all back Theo!!!!
Naijagunner
Modric should have been sent off and their second goal shouldn't have counted. We should be winning this by a greater margin really.
bowiecokemirror
who are you and what have you done with our Arsenal????
nikolaijns
Congratulations to you lot today.
Total knobhead
does anyone think ac milan can crumble like the spuds did today? can they also fall apart and be tossed into the dust bin?
49ers
cape town spurs?? Did you fall over dancing and lose consciousness?
gunnerman76
I warned you, puddies! "Better man for man", my boot laces!
Naijagunner
Great performance today...and that's all we ask for, really! Now, it is sqeaky bum time for Spurs.
Naijagunner
that was excellent. I thought we would win and pull back level on points with Chelsea but still be behind on GD- who thought Spuds were this inept and we'd actually match the goal diff. that Chelsea got over Bolton? Wow, a great game for Gunners, neutrals, basically anybody but a Spud. Love it!!!
elbondo
Yeah; and just the right margin to go above Chelsea.
Naijagunner
2 nil and they .... looks like we knocked them out of the title race too.
49ers
Few better feelings on earth than oleing the filth. Immense from the boys in red & white. Cape town sp*rs dancing is the mopey indie boy shuffling dejectedly in the corner. Love it love it love it.
nikolaijns
Mental
Sajit
YYEAAAAAHHHH!!! Sick? I feel estatic!!!!
Wyn Mills
I think I can get used to playing the spuds and being the "under dog".
gunnerman76
Surely the tension didn't outweigh that pleasure??
FuiKaka
When rosicky scored it depressed me as I knew then I was dreaming and would surely wake up to find out the game hadn't started yet & KO was imminent.
nikolaijns
Not bad
ajwb
*****.. This meant soooo much to me.. Thank you Arsene and Arsenal. Im almost in tears.
Sajit
It makes it sweeter that we've probably extinguished their title hopes.
Wyn Mills
Title race lol, noone seriously believed they wouldn't bottle that did they?? '61 Never Again isn't just a hopeful mantra it's a stone cold fact.
nikolaijns
Now, the VA site needs emissaries to the VS site; just to pay back the compliments. Niko must be one of them , for sure. Hahahaha!
Naijagunner
I have never EVER posted on their site, but after all the crap Ive had to endure off them this season!..... I think this calls for a special occasion :)
gunnerman76
Well done today, you deserved that. It reminded me of when you went to OT and lost 8-2 where you just kept bombing forward. While I'm still in shock at Redknapps tactics today you guys fully deserved it, a massive wake up call for us. If you beat Liverpool then it really is squeaky bum time.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Great game from the team; special mention to Rosicky who was the sort of creative force we have been missing. Gibbs & Bac looked good too and it makes a real difference to have them back. Stand up all those who have said that Theo can finish, very happy for him.
No 10
ha ha HA! Eat it 'Arry, eat it! Makes it sweeter that even though we are having our worst season for a while, we are just 7 behind Spurs and Liverpool can't touch us. Plus the fact we dumped the scum from North London out of the title! Gooner till I die!
e dubbz
Was impressed with the way we harried and hassled Spurs off the ball in all areas of the pitch - not our usual game so I wonder if this is different approach ?
radarman
Wot, no spurs trolls today?
fifthcolumnblue
Odd that their goals were soft - defection & a dive to win the pen but I still thought we were opened up too easily at the back and TV had another shocker. The turning point for me was Parkers yellow card: without him being allowed to charge in on people with his normal gay abandon he was pretty useless. All I wanted from this game was a good performance, this result is just what can happen when these players we have play to their ability.
No 10
Football...its a funny old game, eh?
Wyn Mills
Always thought Parker was massively over hyped tbh. Only ever bigged up by English ex players that love nothing better than seeing other limited English players haring about like a dog chasing a frisbee & flying into mindless tackles. Song (who was blinding today) is easily several cuts above.
nikolaijns
Now come on Cardiff, knock some confidence out of the scouse and their grouchy sweaty dwarf of a manager before next week please!
nikolaijns
i bet you feel better now rocky :) well done guys your players really wanted that and we didnt turn up plus i feel i must apologise for bales diving he thinks hes ronaldo at the moment hopefully this result will wake them up again congrats
jljyid
hats off to you. fully deserved the win. we did an arsenal and thought it was won at 0-2
spurs-stelios
best team won - we didn't show the 'want' to win. Rosicky was your best player. Your midfield was overpowering we couldn't cope playing so narrow with a 442 formation (WTF).
pushandrun
Boy that humble pie must be sticking in the scums throats. Faith and belief we took them over our knees and slapped their lilly white bottoms and made them cry. Well done lads well done. Now who are the Kings of north London?
alwaysgunner
Looking at spurs' next three fixtures we could well see a tasty crumble sitting cooling on our window sill come the end of March. Not over yet, far far from over. If we could pull this around and still finish above the swamp dwellers then I'd have to do a Wenger and consider that a trophy lol.
nikolaijns
Come on cardiff!
nikolaijns
Midfield was unrecognisable today. Hassling and harrying for the ball like they were doing earlier in the season. I thought Benayoun, Arteta and Rosicky played blinders. Thats the spirit we've been missing! More of the same please lads!! Oh...and how priceless watching Adebaywhore's smile fade as the goals started racking up.
Wyn Mills
There were 12 in the bed and the twitchy one said rollover rollover.
nikolaijns
I'd have to say sitting on the bench like some pink inflatable scrotum that Redknapp looked fairly taxed today, fairly taxed.
nikolaijns
So they all rolled over and Bale dived out.
Wyn Mills
rosicky has got to deserve some player of the month recognition of sort. even when we had our worse games, he would still be the one keep running & pushing forward. he's got to be our most direct player. the first thing he does when he receives a pass is always to dribble pass a player or two or look for a quick forward pass. that's the way we should attack. we can only disorient the opponent's defense when they are back-tracking
Joe_@**
That's the Sp*rs we know and love (...to laugh to at). Considering all the ***** we've been through lately boy am I gong to enjoy this :-)
DBerg
Agreed Joe, Rosicky was the player we all had hoped we always hoped he would be today & ast few outings he's been hinting at a surge in form, just shows what a player he can be if fitness is sustained.
nikolaijns
Wow What a Game! Brilliant just Brilliant! I'm Buzzing! Well Done The Arsenal!
hackneyval
Rosicky was immense! Can't believe he's 30+. Well good thing we showed those noisy neighbours that the spuds will forever remain in our shadows. At 2-2, you could see the look on the Spurs fans faces: shock, fright and defeat. This was a brilliant game by the lads. Feel like watching it all over again and relive all the excitement. Well done Gunners.
Guyfox
yep and welcome Guy, bout time we had some new blood here!
nikolaijns
Sooooooooo happy! Now where's the DVD? :-D
julieloveshenry4ever
Rosicky was immense today; ran himself to the ground and was at the head of the harrying force in our midfield. Loved it when RvP took about 4 Spurs players on a merry dance in the middle and still came away with the ball. Confidence just seared through the team after that and you just knew there could be only one victor.

This is a dress rehearsal for how to play against the Milan midfield (bar the concession of goals) and how to attack their defense with confidence. Come on you Gunners!!!
Naijagunner
Oh dear! Now, we've lost Vermaelen and Rosicky for the next game, at least. There had to be some casulaties from such a performance.
Naijagunner
High 5-2 the boys and AW! A never say die performance and a reminder of how far a strong will can take our ability. Proud of the lads!
Deltaforce
Saw what you did there DF. Good one too ;-)
Naijagunner
Awesome result and a great comeback! Now the team has to build on this (didn't we say that after the Chelsea game as well?)
prits
Thank u Nico. And NaijaGunner, I think with the internationals approaching, Le Boss is making these players unavailable. Losing Verm and in form Rosicky to injuries sustained in some irrelevant friendlies is a bitter pill to swallow. And Le Boss has had his fair share of bitter pills this season.
Guyfox
Ssssshh. Don't say it out loud, Guyfox.
Naijagunner
Oops... Pardon me. Was kinda high at the time. We'll put the lid on this one, firmly.
Guyfox
 

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