Morning All – I did a little bit of multi-tasking yesterday, using my vast experience and skill around the keyboard; I typed while watching our wonderful team put in a lunchtime shift at the Emirates!
Ok, I am fibbing, I just typed as I watched and corrected a huge amount of spelling mistakes afterwards, it took an age!!
I have missed chunks out, but mainly that is because I got bored with listing Diaby’s mistakes!
I raced home yesterday lunchtime in time for KO just! Not long into the game and Bentley handballs. The ref does nothing and I couldn’t believe it. Then not too many minutes later the same player thinks it’s a good idea to tackle Vermaelen late, and with his studs up!! Still no yellow card!!
So, how the heck does a deliberate handball and a crunching tackle down the chins of TV not result in a sending off?? Bentley got lucky, very lucky and any half decent referee other than Battenberg would have sent him off!
Thirty minutes in and we have had most of the game controlled and a few good chances, but for a good save by Gomes we would be 1-0 up. Saying that though, but for a crucial last ditch tackle made by Song, Robbie Keane could have been through on goal to test Almunia, but on his comeback match he wouldn’t have conceded, would he? 😉
Spurs get a good cross in, but TV has made a super interception. Also though, Almunia had for once come out to meet the cross and would have got it.
Nikki gets an injury; I smile as he goes off – no, not because Nikki is off, but because Eduardo is on, not an Eboue in sight!
At this stage I am worrying; we are making chances again, but not scoring. Another chance missed by Cesc at the near post, swiftly followed by a shocking pass by Diaby straight to a Spud in the middle of the park.
41. 55 Robin has just slotted home for 1-0, great near post cross from Sagna
43.09 Cesc, our man, our captain has just made that score 2-0 with a super strike.
Wow, what a couple of minutes that was! Did I say I had been worrying?
We have stepped up a gear after the goals – come back out in the second half with the same attitude I think to myself, we need another goal.
Second half under away, Diaby is still very poor, time for Ramsey or Nasri please Arsene…
Diaby has just missed a golden chance, but to be fair the angle was tight, a better player may have looked up and seen Eduardo free in the middle..
Eduardo has had a chance saved; I would have put my house on him finishing that one 😦
2-0 up and that chopper Gray on Sky says up until 85 minutes there is always a chance against Arsenal! I pray he eats those words in 25 minutes time.
Vermaelen is on fire again today, he obviously knows what this game is all about, shame he didn’t tell Arshavin and Diaby!!
Well done Big Al, you kept Bentley out, you did make it look good though!!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha – I am laughing my socks off, play to the whistle Spuddies 😛 😛
Great refereeing to allow us the advantage.
What a great pass from Sagna, ‘eye of the needle’ and Robin tucks away a second for him and 3-0 to us. Nice celebration, no doubt for his little girl.
Song has been good today so far, a wild pass back to Almunia which landed nearer to the corner flag than it did to our keeper early on, but since then he has been strong.
I can’t believe Eduardo has missed a one on one like that, nor can Arsene, he is in a strop now! A simple lob over the keeper – we should/could be five up by now…
Diaby has stepped his game up a bit –just a little bit, I won’t hold my hopes up too high!
Sagna, another player today who has played his heart out, the best game he has had for a while, great tackling and his crossing has been better.
77 minutes, TV has just made a good tackle and got booked and that just about sums up the performance by Clattenberg!
77 minutes and a substitution, Arshavin taken off which is good, Eboue on, why oh why Eboue when Ramsey is on the bench???????
Huggy needs lessons on how to head a ball that SHOULD have been number 4, shame TV wasn’t on the end of that cross.
Robin off and Ramsey on, good sub in my opinion, although I would have like Robin to get his third..
The game is nearly over, the win in the bag now and I can see all the spuds fans creeping out early.
The rings of ‘Only one Arsene Wenger’ are loud and clear as are a few other mutterings around the crowd – a very happy crowd.
Eboue has just passed a wonderful ball to Ramsey, I think he looked up a tad early and didn’t see the defender pull up – but at 3-0, and against Tottenham Hotspur I don’t care today 🙂
I reflect back on the game following the final whistle and for the first time I am going to rate the players, ready to be shot down!! 😉
Almunia – Kept a clean sheet, came out a bit better and his kicking was good. Still dodgy in the air and can’t catch a ball to save his life – 6
Sagna – Best game in a while 8
Gallas – Mr reliable again – 7
Vermaelen – Top performance yet again 9
Clichy – Back to the Clichy we know in this game – 7
Diaby – Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggg – 6
Cesc – Great goal, did enough – 8
Song – after the dreadful back pass, grew stronger and stronger as the game went on – 8
Arshavin – passing off, couldn’t stay on his feet – 6
Robin – two great goals, one great foot!! Should have had more goals, but great – 9
Nik – Ok, but nothing special and injured early so not fair to rate
Ramsey – on too late to rate
Eduardo – great trickery, great passing, dreadful finishing today – 6
Eboue – great ball to Ramsey at the end, but that’s it – 6
Arsene Wenger – Had you have left Diaby out you would have got a 10; you didn’t so you get a 9!!
Well ‘Arry, how stupid do you feel now after the comment you made about Arsenal and their kids?
Well, our ‘kids’ just played your ‘men’ off the park! We won 3-0 and it could, maybe even should have been 7-0.
Like most, you need to keep your mouth shut and worry about your own team, leave Arsene and his crew to worry about ours!!
So Tottenham Hotspur, in the words of Anne Robinson, ‘You were the weakest link, Goodbye’
For us, it’s off to the CL on Wednesday 😛