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Save The Back-Patting Till May

Save The Back-Patting Till May

For the first time this season (I think), we`re actually into the top 3, it sure feels good this morning.

After losing three vital players in the summer, (including a player who I consider to be the best midfielder in the world), an horrific start to the season coupled with a whole host of nasty injuries that has seen us without Jack Wilshere for the entire season and us needing to deploy 4 centre backs across the back line for a couple of months, the hard work of Wenger and the players has finally paid off somewhat with the boys climbing to 3rd in the table.

We`ve spent much of the season being laughed at by the media, had fun poked at us by rival fans, and most painfully had the noisy neighbours gloating from across the Seven Sisters road. The turmoil we have suffered footballistically has split the Gooner fraternity between the "In Arsene We Trust" camp and the "Arsene is past his sell by dates" camp, it has truly been a quite miserable time to be a Gooner.

So I guess we could be forgiven for celebrating a little this morning.

However we can`t dwell on these celebrations for too long as there is still much work to be done.

More often than not when Harry Redknapp opens his mouth you can be guaranteed that what you`ll hear will be either complete gibberish, or a total lie (or the word "traffic") however last night in his post match interview he said the first sensible thing I can ever remember him saying. "It`s not over yet".

And he`s right.

There are still nine games to play and arguably Spurs have a much easier run in, with Manchester City and Chelsea still waiting in the wings for The Arsenal. There`s also a little matter of Stoke away that will give us a clear indication of how far our boys have come.

However with Spurs and Chelsea facing off this weekend it gives us a little more scope to open up some more daylight between one team or the other, or ideally both.

Considering where we were as a club only a couple of months ago, a top four finish this year would represent a massive achievement for Arsene Wenger and his team, I wouldn`t even be massively upset if we didn`t finish above Tottenham, I really really really want to, but I`m not a greedy person, one miracle is enough for one season.

So whilst Wenger and the players deserve massive credit for getting us to where we are, it will count for naught if we blow it now. So let`s leave the self congratulatory back patting till the end of the season and concentrate on getting 3 points against Villa.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday March 22 2012
Time: 7:54AM


Gutted. Boy you've had some good fortune recenty.

They say the devil looks after his own, well he certainly did at Everton last night - he was running the line! How does that Charlie Daniel's song go?

"The devil went down to Goodison, he was looking for points to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was a point behind and he was willin' to make a deal."

22/03/2012 08:10:00
Now now Spuds. You make your own luck. We are where we are now because we DESERVE to be and perhaps Uncle 'Arry has just been taught a salutary lesson- that 19 games does not a season make and that a decent half-season most certainly does not represent a "power shift." Rocky is absolutely spot-on that there are still 9 games to and 27 points up-for-grabs and focus is more important now than gloating. However, I look at Wenger's record of securing CL football, our YEARS of experience of finishing ahead of the lily-whites AND our forward momentum at this most crucial point of the year and I still fancy US. Belief has resurged in our players and while I was watching your squad, it is plain to see that confidence has been sapped out of them. A bad loss for you on Saturday and you might even be in danger of falling out of the top 4 altogether. Note to managers- NEVER claim in January that you've got the top-3 sewn-up. Nothing bites you in the behind, like this game can.
22/03/2012 08:57:00
Tottenham were 13 pts ahead of us after 35 min in the NLD, how long ago was that again?
22/03/2012 08:58:00
We're getting the rub of the green, which a team gets when they're on a good run. Spurs have had plenty of that luck earlier in the season when things were going well- away at Swansea and Fulham Tottenham could have lost by cricket scores but obtained 4 points from those two games. But it's true, premature celebration is the hallmark of the Spuds. Let us leave them to it and not be guilty ourselves.
Little Dutch
22/03/2012 08:59:00
Spuds - We might have had an element of good luck in the game last night, but you don't over haul 13 points in a few weeks through luck alone. You need a dogged determination (see the record for coming from behind to win in four consecutive games), skill, lots of mental strength (it should have been curtains at 2-0 down against you lot) and you need a lot of hard work. All three of those attriubte have contributed much more to our form than luck. Of course winning six games on the spin isn't going to get you anywhere near overhauling a team with a 13 point lead if you don't have another team bottling it down the road. As I say, nothing is done yet and we've still got to work. Also the main prize we should have our eye on is the Champions League place, overturning Spurs would just be a bonus, a very very funny bonus.
22/03/2012 09:13:00
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22/03/2012 09:14:00
Well said, Julie. Very well said. Premature celebration aside, I don't see us not retaining our current placing, on the form our boys are in. Very few teams can cope with the team now and I fully expect Chelsea and City to lose at the Emirates.

For those Spuds who will refer to a Ref decision as the reason for our win, they only need to see the 1st half (and I am not saying we were outplayed in the 2nd) to agree that justice was done with respect to where the 3 points went. Again, there was that obvious penalty call when Drenthe took away Rosicky's legs in the box, that wasn't given. No one is making a fuss about that; at least, not Sky.
22/03/2012 09:23:00
Hi guys, long time! Used to be fun to go wind them up at vital spuds, but the fun is no longer their, sad. How do you go about winding up a bunch who says worse things about themselves than even you would have said to them? Those lot are masochists. But I guess that's the prerequisite for supporting spurs!
22/03/2012 09:23:00
Indeed deledudu. I think we've posted a couple of articles taking pot shots at Spurs on here recently where the most vicious comments about the Tiny Totts came from their own fans. It feels almost pointless at the minute.
22/03/2012 09:25:00
Nah, I'm sorry, I'm not impressed with you lot at all. Dreadful defence and actually you've peaked too early, far too soon. We've had our choke but your annual collapse is just around the corner. Might even get the bunting out myself.
Henry Baker Brown
22/03/2012 09:28:00
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