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Arsenal Complete The Treble Over Spurs

Arsenal and Tottenham battled out a nervous North London derby yesterday with the Gunners running out eventual winners courtesy of a 2nd minute Tomas Rosicky stunner.

Truth be told, Arsenal were never really at the races despite an excellent start after Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky thundered Arsene`s Army into the lead as early as the 2nd minute with an absolute screamer from the angle of the penalty area following some neat work by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It could have been two not long after as The Ox again broke the Spurs last line of defence to race through one-on-one with Lloris. However the Englishman attempted to dink the ball over the onrushing keeper when the best option would have been to either bend it round the stopper or pass to a better placed Podolski. The outcome appeared to be a mixture of shot and pass that accomplished neither.

For some reason this period of play sent Tiny Tim catatonic and the "mental" manager (Spurs fans words, not mine) indulged in a spot of body-warmer abuse that will have the RSPCG up in arms this morning.

After that Arsenal struggled to find top gear, or any offensive gear for that matter.

However this Arsenal team is made of different stuff, and where previous Arsenal sides might have buckled under the pressure, marshalled by Koscielny and BFG the red and white unit defended stoutly, allowing Spurs to resort to lumping in cross after cross to no real effect.

The only real danger moments came when Chesney failed to adequately collect a cross allowing the ball to fall at the feet of Chadli. With the Pole stranded in no-man`s land the Spurs man had the simple task of rifling the ball home.

However outstanding pressure from Kos and the BFG saw the Frenchman make the block.

Adebayor also had his obligatory chance with a header he really should have done better with, but pressure from Mertesacker saw him head wide.

The performance might not have been what we were looking for, but I`m certain there was a game plan to sit back and soak up the pressure from a creatively bereft Spurs. Despite one or two nervous moments, that part of the plan worked perfectly, it was the wasteful possession going forward that was disappointing, with Arsenal managing the lowest number of passes within 90 minutes for many many years.

But this was 3 points well earned, and even better was that it was 3 points against Spurs. At their place. When they played the best they`ve played in months. And we played badly. That`s always pretty satisfying.

So that`s the treble completed over Spurs this season and now we can concentrate on the big game against Chelsea on Saturday. Win that one and the title challenge is well and truly on.

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Date:Monday March 17 2014

Time: 7:24AM

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Win against Chelsky AND a win against Man*****ty, then only Arsenal is back on track and has a shout for the title.
Klaus Stein
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17/03/2014 07:54:00

I don't think we need to win both Klaus (though it would be preferable), 4 points from the next two games would see us right. I was talking to my scouse mate and I didn't realise both Man City and Chelsea both had to go to Anfield yet! If we beat Chelsea on Saturday we're one point behind them with a game in hand. What a present that would be for Arsene's 1000th game!
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17/03/2014 08:32:00

I don't think it was our game plan to absorb pressure - but we can do it a bit better than we have done in the past . We just don't get out of defence well enough. We have players in the treatment room who all make a difference but at least the squad is strong enough to put in a performance even with the number of injuries we've had. That's something we seem to be dealing with better than in the recent past too.
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17/03/2014 08:37:00

I'm not so sure. We soaked up the pressure well and hit them thrice on the counter attack in moves that did, and should have seen us score. Spurs were there for the taking if we could have found our attacking mojo. Wide open all the time, the distance between centre backs was ludicrous. I do agree about the treatment table though. We have four genuine, world class first choice players sat in the treatment table, any team would struggle with that, but we're coping admirably. We miss Walcott sooooo much.
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17/03/2014 09:15:00

Tactically genius by Wenger! Score early doors and soak it up.... now, we'll need a significant improvement going forward on Saturday
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17/03/2014 10:01:00

Does anyone think that these last few games will be based on our late season defensive game of 2012/13? It could work but I think this season we've got harder games to contend with than last. It could well be another platform as we are not exactly spilling over with offensive audacity in my opinion. Either way I would really like to see it come off against Chelski at the Bridge, hit em on the counter Mourinho style!
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17/03/2014 10:38:00

I don't think we were overly defensive or soaking it up in the first half hour - most of the first half in fact. We did sit back a bit more when Rosicky went off in the 2nd half and as our subs got progressively more defensive after that. But other than the last 20/25 minutes ( and even then we should have had a pen.) we looked more threatening than the spuds. Overall I think we've less excuse for the chances missed than spuds have.
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17/03/2014 11:11:00

Being more clinical in front of goal is always a good asset something we've been more good at recently i'd say. There were times in the past where for all our possession football we couldn't hit a barn door. A certain Mr Van Persie may even have been culpable. Good to see he's still like that in ways.
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17/03/2014 11:37:00

Vertonghen had is arms all over Kos and that, really, should have been a penalty for us. Kos doesn't go to ground that easy but how the ref didn't call it, I won't know. Perhaps, the only blip in his, otherwise, balanced officiating.
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17/03/2014 12:05:00

I've got an idea for a new Spu*s DVD. It's called "Gone in 72 seconds." We're now winning the NLD inside 2 mins. That's what I call dominance.
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17/03/2014 12:52:00

We won yesterday for one major reason. Spurs were utter ****e in front of goal.
Wyn Mills
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17/03/2014 17:03:00

Maybe, we knew that, Wyn Mills and just decided to score early and wait for them to flounder. Would we rather they scored first and we "dominated" while chasing the game?
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17/03/2014 21:15:00

Spurs were even more ****e at creating opportunities to score. For all their territorial and possession dominance they were unable to fashion a real opportunity for themselves. The few that came there way were errors we made. The reason we didn't win by a larger margin was that, Rosicky apart, we were none to bright in front of goal.
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