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Tottenham 1 Arsenal 4. League Cup. 21 September 2010

3 separate reviews of … Tottenham 1 Arsenal 4   3rd round Carling Cup.

The first is a report from G460 written at the time.  After that there are two commentaries from Untold Arsenal, one immediately after the game, one the next day.

From about the 43rd minute to the end of regular time, the thoughts of what should be done with a tube of KY lubricant and the flags held by the linesmen (?linesman?  … was it the same clown twice?) took away much of the pleasure that Arsenal provided last night.

3-0 up at half time would have been fair reward for our performance which saw the spuds very much reduced to soggy chips. As for the decision that cost Gibbs a goal, well let’s just say it was bettered (“worsed”?) with the decision to allow Keane’s goal.

Lee Probert has never been one of my favourite refs but last night he was badly let down on the lines. Despite that, he had a good game…can’t recall one big decision he got wrong. Possibly a penalty in the first half?

But talking of good games, how was Kieran Gibbs last night? Proving that he was more than capable of taking over from Gael, he chewed up the spuds both on defence and attack. Hope that the injury he received is very short term if there is such a thing as a short term Gooner injury. Jack the lad and The Kos weren’t far behind him either. The Kos’s tackle on Lennon in the second half, a masterpiece of timing.

Nobody had a really bad game, though early doors, Johan looked a bit rusty having forgotten that either the ball OR the attacker can go past, but never both. Carlos and Denilson didn’t really stake their claims as well as they may have done and that was surprising. I expected Carlos to do a great deal more and Denilson’s passing wasn’t of normal fluency either.

But then to extra time…and that was lovely to behold. Spuds knackered, our lads looking like they’d just started. Maybe the first penalty was a tad soft but Sami had no problems this time with getting the penalty and taking it. Such a pity he didn’t learn that on Saturday.  And then for good measure a second came minutes later.  Not even ‘Arry boy complained about that one.

AA proving that he was on the pitch converting JtL’s intelligent free kick…arguably the best goal of the night, though the best movement had to be our first with young Henri opening up his Gooner account from JtL’s cross.. That goal was a bit special.

All that remained was for the lads to totally wipe out the sad memory of two years back…Ar5ena1 looks so much prettier than Arsenal 4, but it was not to be. It was however, an “Oh, what a night” night.

Untold Arsenal’s report the next morning.

Arry says stuff you won’t believe, except, oh, hang on, it was said by Arry, so we don’t

By Tony Attwood

I was so enthused last night I went to bed extra late, couldn’t get to sleep, and then woke up late (thank goodness, not getting a full night’s sleep is not good when you get to a Certain Age – as we Veterans call it) and have hardly got time to write anything.

But here’s a few snips from Arry B. Envelope, manager of the Very Tiny Totts.  They are all taken from Sky’s very brief interview with him last night after the game.  And how strange, the national media don’t seem to be quoting them much.  But then when your middle name is “Brown” you get that.

“I had so many players who had not played at this level before, and Sandro had cramp so there were three or four of them who were going to struggle in extra time but we just didn’t want extra time and that first penalty did it for us.”

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“The young players can learn more here than they do in reserve games… The first penalty wasn’t a penalty it was a dive.”

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There was also a bit of commentary by Sky about this being Arsenal’s reserve team, but they got that wrong.  Our reserve team is what you see on the pitch in EPL and Champs League games, match after match because all the big boys are injured.   What you saw last night was a little bit of the first team, a bit of the reserves, and then some newcomers like Lansbury, who I thought really did his stuff, considering how new he is to all this.  It showed that the quality we saw at the end of last season was really a sign of what is to come.

So what else did we discover?   Here’s ten pointers.

1: Nasri can talk absolutely perfect English.  OK the accent is French, of course it is, but the grammar, vocabulary and pure construction of his language is perfection.  Upon retirement he will set up a series of language schools to help players who were born in the UK

2: Jack has a little way to go on this front, but with a display like that, who cares?

3: No one outside of Untold’s wonderful commentators who read every word of our post-match report seemed to want to talk about the fact that the Totts committed 23 fouls last night.  (Figure from the Guardian this morning).

4: We had almost three times as many shots on target as they did.

5: The last time we did this must have been when Liam Brady scored that goal from eight miles out on the left which bent inwards in the last microsecond, and then he turned to the Shelf  and trotted along in that ungainly way that he had with his arms out stretched looking at the Tott supporters who were frothing at the mouth.   We won 5-1 that time, and it was a great moment to be at the dirty end of the Seven Sisters.

6: Arry B. Envelope really just can’t take it, but he’ll always be the TV favourite, even after the court case, of which of course I have no prior knowledge and would never like to suggest there was anything in the brown envelope.

7: Glen Hoddle has mellowed a bit, but Ian Wright is as changeable as the wind.

8: There is no point 8.

9: Gloating is a perfectly good and normal reaction, and should be indulged in without any feelings that maybe there is a commandment somewhere that says you shouldn’t.

10: Jack is the greatest home grown talent we have ever had.

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And finally on the night of the game

A serious, detailed, and indeed intellectually profound analysis of Tottenham v Arsenal

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Where’s the video?

By Tony Attwood

 

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