By Walter Broeckx
I’m a typing this some 20 minutes after the end of the game. I have spend the last 20 minutes of my life jumping up and down in my entire house. From the top floor to the bottom floor and if I would have a cellar I would have gone there to jump also. I do admit I had to stop a few times. To send a text to Tony to ask if his heart was all right. And a text to one of my friends from the Benelux who just like last year was in the Emirates to see history repeating itself.
But now I have cooled down a bit (if you smell anything it is my sweat but I take a shower after finishing this) and try to write something about this game. And I try to be as unbiased as possible.
Let us start with the start which is always a wise thing to do. And the first goal shout was one that was ruled out for a clear offside. Gallas poking it away but he really was largely offside. Good call (but not a difficult one). But not that long after the tots fan could celebrate. Per stepping up, Kos not and then you are in trouble. Szczesny could stop the first attempt but Adebayor followed up and put it in the net.
The tots fans who thought that Adebayor would win them the game could think otherwise after 20 minutes. Arsenal had restored the parity in the game after a very bright opening from the tots. But when Adebayor lunged himself with an outstretched leg towards the foot of Cazorla half a meter high ref Webb had no option but to send him off. I admit I was happy to see him go as he was looking rather sharp. And from being a level game at that point it turned completely. Thanks Ade.
Walcott with an perfect cross and Per making up for his initial mistake (or was it Kos?) and he headed it in the top corner. No keeper would have saved that. The Big F*cking German acknowledged the perfect cross and a good hug followed. The BFG had a biggest of smiles on his face. So did I.
Arsenal mounted the pressure after that and went in search of taking the lead. And after missed chances from (or well saved by the keeper) Giroud (twice) and the strangest of shots from Cazorla it was waiting for Arsenal to take the lead. It came when Podolski took a shot with his left foot and the ball bouncing from the feet of Galles to his right foot and it crept in past Lloris.
Then came a Webb goal. If I would have been the ref I would have been proud of myself. Webb you can be proud ! I have said hard words on you in the past but this was a really great advantage given to Cazorla. Cazorla regained his feet and gave a low cross and Giroud shot it in at the near post. 3-1 at half time. What a turnaround.
Now I want to pay tribute to Andre Villas-Boas. He could have told his team to dig in deep and just defend and don’t get a higher score line. But Villas-Boas has read Untold Arsenal this week I think and thought: why not go for 3 defenders and get men forward. A move that for a few minutes puzzled Arsenal at the start of the second half. The tots having a man more up field gave us a hard time. And as a result they moved forward more.
But then came the simplest of goals. A goal kick from Szczesny. A header from Giroud to Walcott in a central strikers position. Walcott with the perfect ball for Podolski who ran on the left flank. And a low cross that was buried at the far post by Cazorla. 4-1 after one hour. Game over?
Well we might not like Bale but he thought otherwise. Arsenal getting a bit too sloppy and Bale took the ball in his stride and pulled the trigger from some 20 meters out. The ball went through the legs of Koscielny and Szczesny was beaten. Strange how a ball going through defenders legs is hard to stop for any keeper. But that is for another article.
Suddenly the 4-2 trauma was back upon us. The tots with more belief and Bale had the 4-3 at his feet but he shot wide. Then Arsenal woke up and got a bit more back in control. A chance for Walcott but also one for Defoe. Ramsey came for Jack, Santos came for Podolski and The Ox came for Giroud.
Why not show myself must have been the thought of The Ox when he came on. And wow what a great 8 minutes he played. He was virtually unstoppable for any tots defender. And the reward came in the last minute when he again strolled past some tots defenders and then passed it to Walcott who (as a central striker) fired it in low. 5-2 to the Arsenal and game over.
So how about that for keeping myself under control. I just had enough of it.
WE DID IT!!!!! F****** B****** !!!! ANOTHER 5-2!!!! Take that home to your sh*t f*rt lane.
Ok just going to jump up and down a bit again right now! This was just what we needed!!!!!!
Thank you my Gunners.