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A Wake-up Call For 5pur2 & Arsenal Fans Alike

I don`t think it would be unfair to say that most Arsenal fans weren`t very optimistic going into today`s North London derby, indeed many would have probably been quite happy with 1 point from this stressful match.

So coming away from the match with not just the 3 points, but with a complete sense of humiliating our North London neighbours is quite a delightful shock more than anything.

The result and performance itself offered something of a wake-up call for many people connected with the North London area.

First of all it should serve as a timely reminder to our players of just what they can achieve with a little hard work, commitment and belief. All too often we`ve watched our player coast through games not believing we can actually win.

A loss for our team sees us struggle for weeks at a time, but what they need to realise is that what happened in the past has no bearing on the future. We can apply ourselves and beat the best teams. Massive victories against Chelsea and now 5pur2 are proof of that.

The second wake-up call needs to be for us fans. From a personal perspective, I`m still of the opinion that our current set-up isn`t the right one to take us forward for the foreseeable future, however when alls said and done fighting for fourth place, no matter how much of a step back it might appear to be, is not the worst position in the world to be in.

The third and final wake-up call, and arguably the most enjoyable one of all, is the wake-up to the Tottenham fans, which have been crowing hard and long this season about the shift in power between North London clubs.

It`s still going to be a tough task to overhaul Spurs this season, but they impressive way we battered Tottenham from pillar to post today should go someway to knocking them down a peg or two.

The fact that, Spurs, with the best team they`ve have in years, could be so utterly embarrassed by the apparent worst team we`ve had under Wenger should put some people in their place.

Me included.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 26 2012

Time: 7:38PM

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Wow, Arshavin must have really been a drain on your team's confidence! Fair play on an excellent performance today though and enjoy it while you can. We'll be back to haunt you soon enough - North London is still ours!!! COYS!!!
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26/02/2012 19:56:00

Well played Arsenal fully deserved.
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26/02/2012 20:00:00

I think the entire set-up has been self defeating this season. Maybe this demolition of our neighbours can instill some belief into this bunch of players. One thing is for sure, we're going to find out what both Arsenal and Spurs are made of in the coming weeks.
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26/02/2012 20:02:00

*****ed up. But buzzing.
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26/02/2012 20:14:00

AW has made mistakes and many of them but how many players he has wanted to play for us have been delivered by the commercial team and how many key players have been lost to insane wage offers or for reasons beyond our control (Fabregas). Its not all AW's fault and I fail to see another manager who can do the job he has done with the resources he has had or the wages we pay. If we intend to back a new manager with 50 million, AW deserves the same chance.
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26/02/2012 20:23:00

Our lads showed the kind of fight we expect to see and have done everyone proud today. Now, this is the kind of result they will get if they only apply themselves in the games requiring that we step up our game. Wenger got it right today, selection and tactics- wise, those 2 lucky early goals notwithstanding; the fact he made no change until late on said it all and shows he does know his players. As for the Spurs fans, appreciate how some of them have come on here to congratulate us; very gracious of those who did. It has been an absolute bedlam of posts on the VS site (yes; I couldn't resist going to peek) today from threatening some of their stars to suggesting they would have done a better job than 'Arry. There were laughable posts about how VdV was a wrong buy, Bale an over-hyped player, Parker too slow, King shouldn't have played, Ekotto having a shocker of a game, etc. no one was spared! You've got to hand it to the Spuds; they sure know how to do an inquest, cannibal style.
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26/02/2012 21:35:00

A sharp contrast to the crowing posts the day before the game to when they went 2 up. Pathetic lot! And, thanks to Sajit, Niko, DF, etc. who went over to console them over on VS. Hahahaha!
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26/02/2012 21:38:00

I still think we need some changes. If only to find a way of getting this kind of attitude out of the boys on a consistent basis.
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26/02/2012 21:47:00

We saw our team pressing today, which they do seem to do on rare occasions. They pressed but we pressed back and passed better in midfield! Feck off you Spurs!!!
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26/02/2012 21:54:00

Methinks that reserve game and Arshavin going off on loan had its effect on the team and brought out that attitude. We just need to keep this pressing game up the rest of the season and we could go unbeaten to the end.
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26/02/2012 22:07:00

thought i should come in to congratulate you gooners on the win. spurs didn't play well at all, and should have known better than to let the pressure get to us for the 1st two goals. good pressing.

and of course its a foregone conclusion that arsenal will beat liverpool and spurs will lose against man utd and all their remaining games, so arsenal will finish 3rd and possibly 2nd. enjoy the euphoria.
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26/02/2012 22:20:00

oh, and of course you can beat the best teams on your day, and 26th feb certainly belonged to arsenal. too bad about the lesser teams though.
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26/02/2012 22:22:00

@ dazzwater, it's no foregone conclusion that we will beat anyone in the league let alone a group of players that have just tucked their first bit of silverware in a few years under new management that all their players have respect for. That plus it's at Anfield. It's obviously a massive relief for us today no doubt, going 13 pts behind would have been intolerable and the mood around the club would have been ratcheted up no end in the poison dept. Now I guess it's all we're left with realistically is to try & close the 7 pts and make the run in at least a bit thrilling.
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27/02/2012 01:02:00

Why does Arsenal always takes their foot off the gas pedal? Why did they take their foot off the pedal when we were 5-2 up? Why did we let go of our tenacity in getting the ball and attacking when we were 5-2 up? We should have go in for a even bigger margin, that will be etched in Spurs history forever. Sigh.. But i hope we repeat that feat for the remaining of the games for this season and snatch 3rd spot!
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27/02/2012 02:43:00

Of course not dazzwater, but it gives us temporary relief from all the ***** we have been going through over past many weeks.
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27/02/2012 04:39:00

Like someone said here, earlier, the next few games should show just what both Spurs and Arsenal are made of. Let's see where this takes us; for me, I have a good feeling about the rest of the season.
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27/02/2012 05:30:00

nevidimka while Arsenal did concentrate on possession at 5-2 more than before, there were several clear cut chances that our forwards created in that time. Disagree that we took our foot off the pedal, we were happy to control the game and break quickly. The clincher in the debate is that Tottenham didn't fashion any good shot on target at 5-2 and were reduced to long range strikes.
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27/02/2012 09:13:00

Correct, DF. Agree with you; we harried them till the last blast of the ref's whistle, which isn't one of the qualities this side is known for. We retained possession and threatened to punish any adventurism in the opponents. In fact, it was damage control stuff from Harry, at some point.
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27/02/2012 14:45:00


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