The Tiny Totts Come To Play: Arsenal's Character Dwarfs Tottenham Hotspur
If you look up “delusions of grandeur” up on ‘the free dictionary’ website, here’s what you get: “a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are”. However, look it up in any special Arsenal edition of the dictionary – if such a thing exists – and you’ll just see a picture of a cockerel sitting on a basketball. Great logo choice by the way Tottenham Hotspur.
Every season we get Tottenham fans gloating to us about how ‘this is the season’ that they over-take us. And you know what? They never do. You think they’d learn, but no. Once again Arsenal showed their status as the superior team in North London.
Tottenham fans will (and have) insist that their 10 men were at a severe disadvantage against the 11 of Arsenal, but it’s not exactly unheard of for a team to hold out for points having been reduced to 10. Indeed, Arsenal used to thrive on such adversity.
While I’d love to go on about the delusions of many Tottenham Hotspur fans, I would also really like to talk about what a great performance it was from Arsenal. Granted, it was against 10 men, but we rallied so well and showed great character to come back. Every player wanted the ball and there were always options available – nobody was hiding, which was great to say. It was a real “stand up and be counted” performance, and every single player was singing from the same hymn-sheet after the boost of Adebayor’s sending off.
Santi Cazorla had slightly gone off the boil in recent games, having played a lot of matches in an unfamiliar league, but he seemed back to his best on Saturday, pulling the strings from behind Arsenal’s attacking trio and delighting the fans with his agility and quick feet and mind.
Another impressive performance came from Olivier Giroud, who harried and harassed Tottenham’s defence all game. He gave Arsenal an option from the long ball should they have needed it, and it worked to perfection for Cazorla’s goal as Giroud knocked down Szczesny’s kick to Walcott to start the move off. The Frenchman’s confidence is soaring after several goal-scoring performances, and after a couple of chances not taken he slid home expertly to make it 3-1, despite being held by Jan Vertonghen.
English duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott were also impressive for the rampant home side; Wilshere showing superb guile and utilising his low centre of gravity while on the ball perfectly, with Walcott a constant thorn in Tottenham’s side all game. His crossing seems to be improving too, and he’s linking up well with Giroud as the games go by.
And if we Arsenal fans can’t always count on our own team being consistent, we can always count on one thing – Emmanuel Adebayor being an absolute buffoon. It was a ridiculous challenge on Santi Cazorla, and while he may not have set out to hurt him, there’s always a chance with tackles as reckless as that.
Many Tottenham fans have been getting too big for their boots recently, so it’s always a pleasure to be the ones to put them back in their place – their place being firmly in our shadow. It was a more emphatic victory than the 5-2 of last season, and it could have been more, with Arsenal ripping Tottenham open at will during periods of the game.
Again, people will blame it on the man advantage, but the players that remained on the pitch for Tottenham Hotspur didn’t exactly do themselves many favours. Only Gareth Bale was a constant threat during the game, and even then his most dangerous pieces of play came when he drifted away from Bacary Sagna, who had him in his pocket whenever he tried going down the left.