By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, head of psychology at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.
Thus far this has been a season of demands for the manager to leave, and for ceaseless criticism of the players throughout the Arsenal squad. Meanwhile the media has been continuing its Tottenham love-in and the idolisation of its manager. Arsenal, we are told, is in chaos.
So in terms of playing a lower league team Tottenham and Arsenal both had a bash last night, with Arsenal playing Championship Nottingham Forest while Tottenham played League Two Colchester Utd.
Tottenham reserves dominated the game with 75% possession (Arsenal had 67% possession) but El Tots only had four goal attempts on target (Arsenal knocked up eight).
And this with Tottenham getting extra time, and having bought on Son, Lamela and Eriksen for just under the last half hour of the main game, and of course all extra bit of time they got. But they still didn’t get a goal, losing in the end on penalties.
The latest headlines are all about Tottenham facing a total clearout of players next summer. Mr Pot has described his squad as “unsettled” and finally the media has taken notice. Tottenham are not water walkers. (More on this at the end of my little piece).
Meanwhile Arsenal strolled through the Forest game. As the Guardian said in a lovely moment of self-depreciation of both themselves and all newspapers: “This was such a dominant, sleek victory that it must have felt as if it was happening to another football club.” I could have written that myself, and indeed probably will.
So what happened? Héctor Bellerín, a player described as clearly not good enough in his earliest days at the club was welcomed as the returning hero, and played like one, and Rob Holding also returned to a brilliant performance with all the signs of talent that we saw from him as he emerged from his days with Notlob.
And then there was Kieran Tierney showing us exactly why we bought him: just the man we have been waiting for in fact.
But let us not forget 18 year old Gabriel Martinelli who looked superb scoring two goals. To add Joe Willock to the list seems a bit old hat – he’s been here forever – must be time for him to retire we’ve been hearing his name for so long. I’m mean he’s…. oh, 20 years old.
And I still haven’t got to Calum Chambers playing at long last for a club that is not fighting relegation and very much looking like a man who has at last come home.
And all this before we got the hard news from mighty Colchester what with the Tiny Totts having a bash at an away game again, having played five games away from home and not actually managed to win any of them. I call that careless.
Perhaps the problem is that while the media said that Arsenal were going to get rid of every single one of their players last season because they were all rubbish, or because Arsenal can never hold on to good players, Tottenham really did want to sell some of their squad and replace them and failed to ship them out. Somehow that old Tottenham tactic of being the club that never compromises on price failed them as buyers lost interest and Rose, Eriksen, Vertonghen, Alderweireld etc are still there.
Curiously in his post-match chatter Mr P said, “I am happy. The way we are going to change the dynamic is by working the way we worked today.” (I have people in my department at the hospital who could help him with that attitude). But I suppose it is good news for every other club. Two wins in eight for the Tiny Totts sounds about right.
But really, this little snap shot of two games played on the same night shows how utterly dumb and daft the AAA and media campaign against Arsenal has been with the ceaseless demands for Emery to be sacked to be replaced by… well anyone you can think of.
It would be nice to think that maybe some of the people who have told us that Arsenal need to change their manager again realised that the problem is not centrally with the manager but is partially caused by themselves and their negativity, and partially caused by concerns about the historic way the owners run their clubs.
What we have at Arsenal is a very decent first team, which has been hampered by a lack of key defensive players who have all been out at the same time. We also have a brilliant set of young players coming through, several of whom we are now starting to see emerge.
At least Untold can have a little chuckle as we eat our corn beef sandwiches far away from the heart of civilisation at seeing the “Emery out” mob shutting up and joining in the laughter about Tottenham’s result. We all know that of course Tottenham will recover to some degree and Arsenal won’t have a perfect season, but if we can just shut up the negativists for a little while and have a laugh at Tottenham this morning, life seems a bit better.
Here’s the League Two table. Just in case you wanted to see it.
|5||Forest Green Rovers||10||5||3||2||7||5||2||18|
And the thoughts of the tottenham bloggettas who seem to have read the AAA’s blogs and seen them as a blueprint rather than a dire warning – plus the usual newspaper drivel….
- ‘Out of his depth against League 2’, ‘Finished 100%’ – Many Spurs fans savage star v Colchester (
- Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino knows three players are leaving claims Tim Sherwood
- Mauricio Pochettino blasts dressing room splits after Tottenham’s Carabao Cup humiliation
- “He’s not good enough” – Many Spurs fans are annoyed with manager’s quotes (
- Pochettino at divisions within his Tottenham squad (
- “Pochettino is a fraud”: These fans seem open to Spurs letting their manager replace Zidane (
- Opinion: Spurs midfielder’s career in N17 is over (
- Controversial Pochettino comment another sign his heart’s no longer in it at Tottenham (
- Mauricio Pochettino calls Spurs shambles at Colchester ‘beauty of competition’ (
- Tottenham fans call for Mauricio Pochettino to be sacked after Colchester defeat (