By Walter Broeckx
A lot of changes compared to the last match. In fact only one player stayed in the starting line up and that was Ramsey.
Team that started : Ospina, Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
On the bench: Macey, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Walcott, Monreal, Bellerin.
A very tight start between the two teams. Lot of over hurried play in the opening minutes. No real chances for any of the teams in the opening minutes. Well not on my stream. But then a great pass from Ramsey to Gibbs. Giroud was to advanced to make a good contact and so the ball bumped to Campbell but he had to stretch too much to direct his header in the right direction and so the ball went over the goal. The only real chance in the first 15 minutes.
The game went on with not much goal mouth scenes till the 26th minute. Oxlade-Chamberlain with a good turn just outside the Tottenham penalty area, a hard low shot that Vorm couldn’t keep hold off and Flamini on hand to put the ball high over the line. GOAL!!!!! 0-1 to The Arsenal.
Just on the half hour mark Rose with a shooting chance but his right footed shot goes well wide. Rose again escapig on the right hand side but Ospina came out well enough so Rose had could only fire over the crossbar. Arteta then getting a yellow for coming to hard against Townsend.
Campbell then going in to the decorum after an attempted header after a cross from Giroud and then my stream stopping and I saw a booking for Flamini but don’t ask me for what. Oxlade-Chamberlain with a taking a loose ball but his curled effort went wide of the far post. Then Debuchy getting a yellow for bringing Rose down at the edge of the penalty area. The following free kick is cleared. A hot moment in front of the Arsenal goal when a shot is hitting a few players and the loose ball is cleared by an Arsenal defender. Arsenal a bit under pressure in the final minutes of the first half as Tottenham press to equalise before half time. Arsenal then with a low cross but a Tottenham defender can come in front of Campbell. Tottenham then counter but Kane shoots wide. 0-1 to The Arsenal at half time.
Lots of ‘boerekoolvoetbal’* in the opening minutes with even a 1-2 between Gibbs and Marinner. Tottenham then have a shot that bounces back to Kane but he was meters offside after a fine save from Ospina on a low shot first. Tottenham trying to press Arsenal back. Oxlade-Chamberlain with some nice footwork but his pass to the right hand side goes wide. We could have done more as two Arsenal players were rather alone on that side.
Tottenham then with a shot from Chadli and Chambers deflects teh ball past his own goalkeeper. Unlucky for Chambers and Arsenal and a big slice of luck for Tottenham. 1-1 after 56 minutes.
Tottenham with a corner and a shot from Kane has to be saved on the line by Gibbs. That is why defenders are to be on the line with corners. After 66 minutes Campbell comes off and Alexis enters the field. Ramsey with a shot from outside the penalty area but it goes wide. And seconds later Alexis with a cut back but his shot is too soft to trouble Vorm. Meanwhile the goal technology confirms Gibbs cleared it right in time to prevent the ball from crossing the line.
Ramsey to Giroud but Vorm denies the Frenchman by closing down the angle well. Oxlade-Chamberlain then losing the ball but he can stop Kane before he can become really dangerous.
Ramsey with a cross to Alexis who was held back by a Tottenham defender and Giroud couldn’t reach the ball. That was mighty close to a penalty but do we expect anything from refs these days? Mind you my stream was not completely accurate to be 100% sure.
Delle Alli who had just come on then went in a bit wild towards Mertesacker and goes in the book of the ref. And a bit later a pass from Alexis is diverted by a Tottenham defender and goes up high in the air and of all persons Flamini is on the receiving end and finishes with a perfect volley in the bottom corner. GOAL!!!! 1-2 to The Arsenal after 78 minutes.
Arsenal now trying to use the ball well and making room for themselves. Oxlade-Chamberlain can have a shot but it goes wide. Tottenham of course trying to press for an equaliser in the closing stages.
Arsenal make a late change in the last minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain goes off and Theo enters the field. Rose immediately with a jumping challenge but the ref makes nothing off it.
Walcott in the last minute of extra time with a shooting chance but he shoots wide. Tottenham with a last desperate long ball but it goes to Ooooospina who kicks the ball away for the last kick of the match.
Arsenal win 1-2 and with the most unlikely double goal scorer : Flamini. I suggest that the Flamini out brigade shut up for the rest of the season. He was hardly involved this season but at the first time the manager really called on him he was there and performed! And he gave us victory at White Hart Lane! Well done Mathieu
* boerekool voetbal = farmer cabbage football . Is a Dutch expression used when the ball just bounces between the two teams with neither team really getting a string of good passes together. It might have been my stream who was of the farmer cabbage style also