By Walter Broeckx
Before this game we had a lot of ‘chicken’ Arsenal supporters. In the last weeks our positive site has been attacked by people who predicted doom and trouble for Arsenal. Before every game they came to tell us how much we were doomed.
And when we lost the opening game (thanks to a very strange performance from the ref) all hell broke loose. Every positive thought we put forward was wiped away with endless rants and tirades against the club and of course our manager.
Untold never has made it a secret that we are behind the club and support the way it is run in a very responsible way. We know that the stadium debt has held us back and we know that the oil money has transformed football in to an insane spending war where every bit of common sense is lost. But the message from the negatives was short and clear: all out.
And throughout the past week we have seen countless people claiming that we would get taught a lesson by the lot from down the road. They had spent money as if it was nothing. I think the spuds have used every £ they had somewhere and even the money they expected to get from selling Bale to the madmen of Real Madrid.
That was the way to run a club they said. Not like we did it. And yet Arsenal won the game on the field. And like Wenger said before the game the only thing really important is what happens on the field. It might be fun to read in the papers about transfers (or not fun at all) but what happens on the field is what matters.
Today Arsenal won 1-0. It was a close game because we must not be blind and we must admit that Tottenham do have some good players. But do they have a good team? That is the question that they should answer in the course of the season. Throwing money around could help, but you have to form a team with those players. And I think that when it comes to forming a team, that we are a bit further on than they are.
Because with all that money spent on attacking talent they have managed to score two goals in three games. Two penalties and not one goal in open play. This is a sign that they are not really there when it comes to forming a team. And the question is that it will happen or not. And as we have seen today after that Cazorla fell unluckily on Capoue and it didn’t look good for the newly bought player. There goes a lot of money down the drain for a while. And I hope for him that he recovers quickly because I really don’t like to see a player getting carried off with a serious injury.
But enough of the spenders of £100.000.000. Let us look at out team. And let us start with our goal scorer. You know Giroud. Not world class. Not really good enough. Well three goals in the first three games. And I think this was a really nice goal to take. Coming in to the near post and then with the outside of his boot he put it nicely in goal. It somehow reminded me on the finishing we have seen from the traitor. Good run and delicate finish. And let me also praise him for his hard work in the second half where he ran himself almost in the ground in the end.
What pleased me was the way we defended as a unit. The whole team worked very hard, realising the importance of this win. The thing is that we were a bit wasteful on the counter and could have finished the game off. We didn’t and so it stayed tense till the final whistle.
The biggest chance for Tottenham came after the longer injury treatment of Capoue. I think it was more a loss of concentration. Giroud with the first bad touch but then he put his body on the line to stop the shot going in. It was with his shoulder by the way despite some Tottenham protests.
I will be going into more in depth about the performances of the players later but I think Szczesny was again great. The only worry is Wilshere who went just before half time so we can only hope the injury is not too bad (although there is a suggestion that it was a virus, so not too bad at all). And we saw the return of Flamini. Showing that he still hates the spuds and with a strong challenge earning himself a yellow card for the good cause.
A very important win. And look after three games we are level with the £100,000,000 team. We are level with the £1,000,000,000 team and one point behind the other £1,000,000,000 team. With spending nothing so far this transfer window. Oh and we are two points in front of Manchester United.
Just imagine if we had had a decent ref in our first game…
Note: this post was updated at 2115 BST
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