By Tony Attwood
1: Kane isn’t scoring
Apparently on Tottenham’s tour of Australia, so many fans buzzed around Kane while he was shopping he had to be rescued by minibus. And so highly esteemed is he in tot-land this season in plays in Adebayor’s old shirt which he told the Telegraph he had adopted in order to become a legend. He is now the club’s only centre forward.
So far this season he has played all the games but scored none of the goals. Not one. None. And he didn’t score last night. Oh!
2: Barriers are a serious health hazard that close to the pitch
We saw two barrier incidents in the game, and for the one with Joel Campbell I really thought he would be badly injured.
The fact that Tottenham is allowed to keep them that close, and have them designed without any way in which they can give when under impact is quite remarkable. It suggests that health and safety regulations applied by the Football League and FA really aren’t worth the envelope they are scribbled on the back of.
I wonder if it affects the way in which Tottenham players play at home, forcing them to pull back in the final yard of a run to the goal line?
It is reported that at the end of the game some damage was done to the advertising hoardings inside the stadium. I don’t condone any violence but if it happens I like it to be in a cause. If the cause was to show the danger of those barriers, then that is slightly less bad.
3: Mathieu Flamini is upping the scoring rate
According to the aaa Flamini symbolises all that is wrong with the Wengerian regime. But actually I thought he did rather well throughout. Indeed this time around he has double his scoring rate.
When he first played at the club in took 100 league games to score five goals. This time he has taken 50 league games to score five. And of course there are now these two in the league cup.
According to the TV commentators and interviewers Flamini was annoyed at not getting more games. According to Arsenal, Flamini was warned he might not get many games but he wanted to stay. Now which one am I going to believe?
4: Joel Campbell is coming on
Joel has now played ten games for us, and I must say I was surprised when I saw that he was staying this season. But I am beginning to see why. I think he is one of those players that Wenger has seen something extra in, something that can be developed over time, and when it is fully developed, he’ll be really quite something.
We know he can play and score, because we saw him in the World Cup, but the adaptation to the ways of the hearty roughs in the Premier League takes time and is a bit of a shock to many players.
He’s now played 10 times for us, I suspect there will be more.
5: Bring on Theo even when we are winning
Theo’s arrival looked odd in one sense since we were holding the score at 2-1. But his arrival caused Tottenham to look back from that moment on in case they gave away a third. They couldn’t be so gung ho any more, even if the manager was telling them to.
That was a really unexpected and clever tactical move.
6: Sky’s history department is run by Tottenham fans
More historic research has been done on the promotion of Arsenal to the first division in 1919 in the last five years than in the previous 90. But you wouldn’t know it from the Sky resume on the event which they gave before the game. It was as if they had simply asked a Tottenham fan what happened and then toned it down a bit.
It is a not very complex but still fascinating tale of match fixing, and cover ups, and it is told with lots of contemporary evidence on the Arsenal History Society Site where we even offer a prize for anyone giving any evidence of corruption by Arsenal. (Corruption by others is there for all to see if you read the tale).
I am sure Sky’s researchers went there for they used some of the cuttings, but why they refused to tell the proper story we can only guess. Even Talk Sport got it right – but that was because they asked me to tell the tale when they did the piece.
7: The push in the back is a fundamental
No one gets punished it goes on all the time, but really it is a foul as much as every other foul. Maybe refs are just told to take no notice which is a shame because Tottenham are the masters.
8: Mert is still of great value to the club
We know that Gabriel is the up and coming star and Mert is the old man, but he was solid and sound and still has a terrific level of ability. He shouldn’t be written off.
9. Tottenham give 2 cup matches with their season tickets
This was celebrated last night – how amazing to get Tot v Arsenal free with your season ticket screamed Sky is orgasmic amazement.
No mention of the price of entry though. Had the game been played at the Emirates the cost for visiting Tottenham supporters would have been £10. I gather Arsenal fans had to pay many times more than that. Just as this coming weekend when we go to Leicester. Our away tickets are costing £40, far, far more than Leicester fans pay when they come to the Arsenal.
10. The Independent is struggling.
It has a new web site design.. This morning it is showing “It’s the north London derby follow it here!” and “4 players Wenger should take a gamble on”. Meanwhile the Telegraph is still developing articles on Chelsea v Arsenal.
24 September 2003: Six Arsenal players charged by FA after a 0-0 at Man U, probably with “failing to allow Man U to win” Lauren, Keown, Vieira and Parlour banned.
24 September 2010: Arsenal suffered their first league defeat of the season after six games – a 2-3 home loss against WBA. Nasri got both goals. Arsenal then lost their next game 2-0 away to Chelsea.