Arsenal put Spurs to the sword with a come from behind win in yet another Big Game spectacle spoiled by an early sending off. Former Gunner Emanuel Adebayour, ]in a moment of madness, turned the London Derby on its head after he had previously put his team 1-0 up after 10 mins. His wild 2 -footed challenge on Santi Cazola gave referee Howard Webb little choice but to reduce the away team to 10 men for most of the match. As if AVB needed this kind of stupidity to be piled on top of his seemingly cursed tenure. It would have certainly been entertaining to be a fly on the dressing room wall at half-time when the Portuguese faced up to the Togoan……although apparently no confrontation took place as “ ‘manuel” spent the tea break in the foetal position locked in trap 3.
In a game that was always going to have bigger ramifications for the loser , Tottenham’s body language in the late stages said it all. It would seem AVB’s days may be numbered and with the likes of Bale etc.. (although not sure who the etcs are) now thinking that a Top 4 finish may well be out of reach , it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some January transfer requests come in , putting the final nails in AVB’s coffin.
Spurs started the game with purpose , the team selection pleasing both pundits and fans alike by allowing Defoe and Adebayour to form a 2 pronged front line for the first time this season. It wasn’t long before they were in front when Adebayour was quickest on the trigger following a Szczesny spill in front of his goal. But, as mentioned, the tall striker went from hero to villain in less than 10 mins and with that pivotal point behind us, it soon became one way traffic.
Mertesacker puts the Gunners level with his first goal for the club , a powerful header giving Lloris no chance and which was unfortunately the beginning of a miserable day for the French National keeper having just reclaimed the number 1 jersey back from Friedel. Spurs were at sixes and sevens in the run up to the break , forcing AVB to consider a change in the 42nd minute. All to no avail as goals from Podolski (off Gallas’s ankle) and Giroud (finding his EPL feet now) meant they went in 3:1 down and the home crowd looked forward to a slaughter in the 2nd half.
The Spurs manager bravely made some changes in an effort to turn the tide, although they were always at risk of being “outgunned” in midfield. Arsenal continued to press , having the new born confidence of a 2 goal lead and a player advantage. The 4th came thru Gazorla , as he finished off a classic “Arsenal of old” move at the near post. This saw old boys Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell get out their seats to applaud. Bale got a consolation to bring some respectability back to the scoreline and for a minute at 4-2, he had the Spurs Faithful thinking of previous great escapes. The nail in the coffin was banged in by Walcott to end a one -sided Derby that promised much for the neutral before Adebayour spoiled the party.
“Arsenal up to sixth “ gives some perspective to how much Wenger needed the 3 points. As for AVB, it’s back to the drawing board – if he gets the chance.
The only Spurs victory came in the form of winning the ‘best looking crowd award’ as someone forgot to tell the Arsenal lady supporters that Movember is just for the boys.