We win because Tottenham put out a team made up of the players that some of the previous managers have bought for £millions – from Bentley to Bale, Eduardo to someone else whose name I have forgotten.
Arsenal put out a team of 17 year olds. Jack Wilshere was out with an ankle injury, Fran Merida wasn’t there (maybe he’s on the bench tomorrow), while we had Luke Freeman on as sub – him having become an Arsenal pro a few days ago on reaching the grand old age of 17.
In a rare attempt to be honest I have to say Bentley’s goals were very good, but here we have a player who transferred for £17 million to Tottenham (in order to get lots of first team football and European experience). He was up against a 19 year old goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny – Arsenal’s fourth choice.
The first half looked a lot like boys against men, which it was, but in the second half Arsenal Children did the club proud and really took the game to the Totts.
God knows what the Totts think they are doing playing this bunch of has-beens and never quite made its. Are they imagining that scouts from around the globe are out looking at them? If so, what a waste of time, (no one knows where the Orient is guys). What they could have done is what Arsenal did – play their youth team and start building their own new squad.
But this is not Tottenham’s way. Why give a 17 year old a chance to play when you can go out and spend another £17 million on a Bentley?
And spare a snigger for Gareth Bale. While Arsenal have signed Theo and Ramsey, Tottenham got Bale with all the same amount of fuss – and now play him in front of 500 people at the Orient. He cost them £5 million with more to pay if anything happened. People said we were going to sign him – on this display I doubt it. He looks like he is heading to a club with even less chance of winning anything that Tottenham.
When he signed for the Tinies, Bale said: “I’m just excited to be coming to a massive club like Spurs. It’s pushing forward and I want to be part of its future.”
So it goes – bad signings, poor judgement, no continuity, no hope, no wonder kids of talent won’t go within a mile of the club. Instead they go down the Seven Sisters Road.
As I say, we lost, but we won.
And here’s a postscript. Alex Hleb came on for Barca against Bayern with 13 minutes to go. Glad to know he is getting some football where it matters. 13 minutes to go and you are already 5-1 up.
(c) Tony Attwood 2009
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