Jack Attacks Spurs as King Henri and Super Sam Reign Supreme!

September 22, 2010 68 Comments by Sian

Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 4 Arsenal

Let’s take a minute to appreciate my incredible headline-writing powers right here. When I was at my journalism college, I was told you’re either a great headline writer or you’re not. I was then told “Sian, you’re not”. Anyway.

Basically, the only thing missing from last night’s win at White Hart Lane was a fifth goal and a small graze to the bridge of Bentley’s nose. Inflicted by a team-mate who would later be sold to Manchester City and sit on the bench all season, obviously.

So last night the boys did what they failed to do in January 2008- defeat our North London rivals in the Carling Cup. Yes, the Carling Cup. The final of which is played out months before anything of real importance occurs in any other competition and with a trophy that tends to be lifted with just a mild air of embarrassment.

BUT, as I keep being reminded, a trophy is a trophy is a trophy and a trophy is something we more than lack right at the moment. Or last year. Or the year before. Or the three years before that. Someone pointed out that the first thing Jose Mourinho won with Chelsea was the Carling Cup. Much as I think the British media to get their heads out from where they are firmly wedged up that bloke’s behind, we can’t deny he was successful with them. Though it’s a little insulting to insinuate Wenger should be learning from him… did he do two doubles in England with a club that didn’t cost an arm and a leg? No he did not.

In the grand scheme of things, beating a side in the third round of the Carling Cup is not much to shout about, but it was against Tottenham therefore it was lots and lots of fun. It was also a match in which we played a nicely strong side. Not our full-strength side, not by a long shot, but a side that suggests we may be taking this competition a bit more seriously this year.

In the first half, let me talk like a man here: we bossed it. Our deserved lead came in the shape of a Henri Lansbury goal early on and you could see how thrilled he was to score for the club he’s been playing for since he was nine.

There’s a really nice photo on Getty Images of Lansbury, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere celebrating his goal. It occurred to me last night that, while I really can’t be arsed with those who claim we need more English talent on the team, you could tell that those three “got” what a North London derby meant in a way some of the others didn’t.

Not that I’m saying you have to be from London to understand the rivalry-  our many hundreds of thousands of non-London, non-British fans would argue that it is felt as whole-heartedly from wherever they support as it is around here, but it’s a different thing with professional footballers isn’t it? We will never change allegiances but footballers easily can.

Anyway, Spurs came back much stronger in the second half and added lifelong fan Robbie Keane to the pitch. His effect was felt immediately as he put Spurs level with a goal that was about as offside as Kieran’s earlier attempt was on. Offside or not, it’s a goal Fabianski should have been able to save but didn’t. Ian Wright, punditing, got it completely right: the boy seems to have wrists made of paper. A lot of people rushed to the defence of Lukasz in the aftermath and yes he was left exposed. But how many chances will he get?

By the time the 90th minute rolled around we were nervous, very very nervous. And I don’t just mean the players on the pitch. Extra time was all well and good but what if it came down to penalties? Could our nerves hold out? Thankfully, it did go to penalties… only IN extra time.

Samir Nasri was brought down by Sebastien Bassong and landed himself a pretty soft penalty. Maybe the ref had seen the two earlier dodgy offside decisions and this was weighing on his mind? Anyway Samir stepped up to take it and bashed it easily home. A few minutes later he did the same when Chamakh this time was brought down in the area with a far more blatant penalty- even Harry Redknapp thought so.

So it was 3-1 and we were finally relaxing. But the excitement didn’t stop there! Andrey Arshavin belted home our fourth and final goal to send Tottenham hurtling out of the cup and send pints of beer all over the capital hurtling towards the ceiling. We were basically better than them, even down to cramp-avoidal techniques (Henri Lansbury built a bridge and got over it; one of Tottenham’s players needed The Nicest Man in the World (C) Gael Clichy to help him get rid of his.)

Oddly enough Samir Nasri won the Man of the Match award. I say oddly enough because he looked fairly off his game through the original 90. Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, was outstanding. He’s young, he’s a strong tackler and he’s easily wound up, but he managed to keep his calm when on the receiving end of more than his fair share of fouls last night. But I suppose you can’t argue with two scored penalties and anyway it was nice to hear Samir speak English for the first time in his post-match interview- why exactly he has never done an English interview before I don’t know, it was brilliant!

So while it was party in da house in the red side of North London, it was a gutting evening for the mug and DVD-making industries of the country. In the summer of 2008 I did temp work at a building company. The manager was a bit of a pillock and was also a Spurs fan (as night follows day) and took great delight in showing me his 5-1 mug from our match against them in which Bendtner got his nose busted.

On tea jankers one day, I accidentally dropped and cracked said mug. I’m such a klutz.

67 Comments

  1. Barry O
    2525 days ago

    They were right about your headline writing skills but the article was spot on and a breath of fresh air. ;)

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @Barry Thanks Barry! And yes, I think today’s post is a good example of the reason I usually just put the score. ;D

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  2. pantsR2long
    2525 days ago

    Top post mate. First time I’ve read from this site and I’m gonna start coming back more often. Keep up the good work.

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  3. mus mus
    2525 days ago

    blindin post,have to agree with the lot,as barry says,very refreshing,p.s best song of the night ” shall we make a dvd”…p.p.s post more often pleeeeze..

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @Mus Mus That song was inspired! I’m trying to post more often but suffering from an ongoing case of writers’ block these days :(

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  4. Treez
    2525 days ago

    Totally agree that Jack should’ve been man of the match – he was immense! Also think it’s time Fabianski went out on loan to somewhere he can exercise his wrists. I don’t care if your headlines are not all that – your blogs are first class!

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  5. Rob
    2525 days ago

    Second time I reading this post. Thoroughly enjoying it. Please keep it up. have even faced it to some Arsemates of mine and we all can’t wait for your next post.

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @Rob Thanks for reading and thanks for passing it on, hope future posts live up to expectations!

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  6. Alan
    2525 days ago

    Love the headline, shame about the blog…just kidding!

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  7. guvnor
    2525 days ago

    YOU SILLY SLAG! WE PLAYED A YOUTH TEAM YOU PLAYED A STRONG TEAM, YOU LOT DESPERATE LOL WAIT FOR LEAGUE MATCH AND YOU WILL GET RIPPED APART. ENJOY THE MICKEY MOUSE CUP,YOUR WORDS!

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @guvnor Thanks for the comment, you resonate intelligence and good humour. We did play a strong team, and it paid off. As our team was younger (and cheaper) than yours collectively, I think it’s safe to say most of them will still be classed as “youths” for some time to come. Meanwhile, this Silly Slag is thrilled you took the time to read my piece! Thanks.

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  8. TheArsenalKid
    2525 days ago

    Certainly Jack was the best player on the field last night

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  9. The real guvnors
    2525 days ago

    Oy Guv. your youth team was averaging a year older than ours. fact!!!

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @TheRealGuvnors Yep, ours was 22.8, theirs was 23.8. Some people eh?

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  10. Essexpieboy
    2525 days ago

    A girl who loves Arsenal – it’ll be equal pay and the vote next!!!

    Excellent article. I’m a first time reader (picked it up from Newsnow) but would like to see more posts. Surely alcohol gets rid of writers’ block?!

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @Essexpieboy I think you’re the first reader to comment that they’ve found it through Newsnow so that’s good to know. If alcohol does get rid, I’m trying to cure myself as we speak :)

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  11. Chappers
    2525 days ago

    I wonder what it is about the Arsenal that makes all these bloggers pop out from all over, but among them, I found this article refreshing and a great read.

    Keep it up Sian!

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    • sianyr
      2525 days ago

      @Chappers Thank you and thanks for reading! There are an awful lot of us out there, we just love to voice an opinion :)

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  12. mus mus
    2525 days ago

    p.s sian,i found u via newsnow too

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  13. Armourist
    2525 days ago

    Guvnor,

    Palacios – Rosicky
    Pav – Nasri
    Bassong – JD20
    Ekoto – Denilson
    Giovanni – Vela

    not quite sure how we played a stronger team, our team was full of youngsters and as b teams go we were fairly even.

    You just got battered end of.

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  14. NORTHSPUR
    2525 days ago

    As a spurs fan every defeat hurts but this one was eased by the team we put out fair play to the Arse for winning you can only beat whats put in front of you and in the case of last night was a bunch of untried and resevre team players

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  15. DAVID
    2525 days ago

    How many Arsenal first 11 players were used last night ? Spurs had one ( Lennon) who came on at half time.
    They also used a fourth choice RB, fifth and sixth choice centre backs and a third choice GK.
    Truth is you put out a stronger team they we expected and also had more first teamers on the bench.
    Nothing wrong with that but think you may be a little over excited with this age thing.

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  16. Yogesh
    2525 days ago

    Brilliant Job dropping the said mug n cracking it! :-)

    Did you call the Sp*rs gift shop asking for the DVD? I did but couldn’t get through. I guess gooners were busy taking the mickey out of Shite Fart Lane faithfuls! :-)

    And oh @Guvnor, bringing Keane n Lennon immd after the HT did mean you lot were not taking it seriously, didn’t it? First create players who can play 120 mins without needing opposition players help them with a cramp and then talk! :P :P :P

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  17. Treez
    2525 days ago

    David,
    So Robbie Keane is not a first team player? What about Bassong? You lot just weren’t all that. Probably why you’d all gone home when the 4th goal went in.

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  18. Robbie
    2525 days ago

    First read of your blog dude.

    Different.

    Refreshing

    Thanks!

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  19. Robbie
    2525 days ago

    Guvnor…. Your startin 11 cost £70m..fact

    Ours cost UNDER half if that…with 8 changes…fact.

    You’re not a big club… Fact.

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  20. Tony Adams
    2525 days ago

    Gooner c***s may as well enjoy it, thats about the best your season will get – beating a reserve team with a bias ref. Well done and enjoy.

    And yes, you are a bunch of c***s.

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  21. Yogesh
    2525 days ago

    Wow, David, So Assir Akotou(Dont know how he is spelt) isnt a first teamer? Pavluychenko isnt a first teamer (considering your main striker is out).

    Our players had more first team experience because we groom them in such a way. I can only think of Nasri and Koscienly as first teamers before the substitution and we were giving you a footballing lesson during that time till the Linesman decided to play for your team!

    Anyways its a Mickey Mouse cup alright but it was still fun taking the Mickey out of you lot! :P :P

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  22. Jaygooner
    2525 days ago

    so Tottenham lost because they had to play their young/ untried/ inexperienced players? Booo fucking hoo. That is why you will ALWAYS be in our shadow. The Mighty Arsenal are light years ahead of any Club in this country. The future is bright, the futriue is definitely GOONER.

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  23. PBGooner
    2525 days ago

    Great article, and always nice to beat the spuds, but we are getting a bit overexcited about a cup only last week we all dismissed as a ‘mickey mouse cup’!

    And considering we had more 1st teamers playing than spurs (cant really count bassong and keane as they are probably 5th and 4th choice in their respective positions) I would expect to beat them.

    It will be a proper game when we meet in november, but until then … 4-1!!!

    p.s .. I actually like the headline.

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  24. jjjsniper123
    2525 days ago

    when all is said and done, the Spurs fans who left the Lane with the Gunners’ taunts in their ears will be back next Wednesday night to witness a Champions League group match in N17.
    Who needs the Carling Cup?

    Well, Arsenal, it seems…

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  25. NORTHSPUR
    2524 days ago

    Funny really because it shows just how far we have come and Arse have slipped.

    When we beat you 5-1 a good number of you posters were saying it was nothing to cheer about as it was just the carling cup etc etc and you were not intersted and the result meant nothing how times change

    Its nice to see arse fans happy thinking of a cup win in how many years ??

    Sits back and waits for “how long ago did you in the league”

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  26. Robbie
    2524 days ago

    50 years northspur…. You should know that.

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  27. spursguv
    2524 days ago

    i wonder how old the arsenal kids will be getting before they’re actually grown up. these ‘kids’ have more experience in the epl than a lot of first teamers elsewhere. even ol wenger knows silverware is silverware and arsenal haven’t got any for a while ey lads? so this year i think he can see the only chance arsenal have is winning the carling cup. you have to really. spurs are a real worry for you gooners! once the new stadium is in place there’ll be a bit more money for levy to splash out. a decent run in the league and continuance in the champs league will really have the pressure on! make no mistake..spurs playing novices and leaving out ten first team players held the ‘first team’ of arsenal 1-1 over ninety. quietly mr wenger is wondering what he can do to stop spurs going past the arsenal..hmm quite frankly not much ol son! champs league will soon be a thing of the past for the gooners. and unlike spurs fans who’ve been there through thick and thin i reckon the stands will emprty out as fast as they filled. enjoy the win boys our present to you..but we will be taking the points in the league. cheers

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  28. Alan
    2524 days ago

    Well done, Sianny. The sign of a good blog is when you get the opposition wound up – especially when they’re whingeing Spuds. I don’t see what the fuss is about – Arsenal have been fielding stronger teams than Tottenham for years.

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  29. oldbird
    2524 days ago

    Great write up Sian and briliant you are getting a (deservedly) wider readership now -even if many are sad deluded Spuds!

    I especially loved the way AW outfoxed ‘arry by hinting at playing lots of our kids at then hit him with a strong(er) side.

    Future looks great but worried for Jack’s survival with the kicking he gets.

    Right back to the real stuff and bring on the Baggies…..

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  30. Darkspur1
    2524 days ago

    It’s just as well that the Arse managed to squeak an extra time win over our ‘C’ which contained a couple of debutants but still held them for 90 mins. Thankfully we have been spared another tear-filled rant in the media from Wenger about his poor fragile little babies being kicked and bullied by those big rough lads in the Prem. (It’s strange how that only happens when things don’t quite go to plan and opponents have the temerity to stop the little nancy boys from posing and actually tackle them)
    Anyway, it was a nice little run out for young Steven Caulker who looked so cool under pressure and will learn a great lesson from the pen he conceded about never touching a modern day striker in the box (Wenger take heed – Boom Boom, think about it) as they tend to go down like they’ve had every bone removed from their cheating little bodies.
    OK, you won fair and square ..sort of (nice dive Nasri) but I believe that 5 – 1 always trumps 4 – 1 in this reality anyway, maybe not in Wenger World.

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  31. Shane
    2524 days ago

    Good post Sian. As an arsenal fan I don’t go searching to Internet looking for sp*rs blogs etc, that’s why I find it hard to fathom so many sp*rs fans read our blogs, is it an obsession? The thing we learned from Tuesday night was that our 2nd string and youngster are considerably better than sp*rs, (same goes for an injury free first team too)
    So to the obsessed sp*rs fans reading this, go away and enjoy your champions league experience because it’s your first ever and shall be your last in quite some time. And to those complaining about the referee? We would of been up 2-0 at half time if we got good calls, and keane was offside.
    Ps Thought the headline was good sian btw

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  32. dl
    2524 days ago

    Firstly…. i dont think any player from any team would even be the slightest bit embarrassed to lift any trophy. Maybe you dont play any sport, understand or remember what it means to actually win something, but winning is what playing the game is all about. Im not a deluded spurs fan, i understand in terms being able to field a young/reserve team with actual experience we are a few years behing arsenal. But i also think arsenal fans need to take a proper look and slightly lower their expectations. With your current squad there is no way you can win the champions league or even the premier league. You have one proven world class striker who is constantly injured and a midfield not really physically strong enough to deal with a lot of the EPL games. The physical side is a big part of the game and Wenger can whine all he wants, thats not gonna change. Truth is, if fully fit, your team can contend, but you still dont have the depth to win, especially when your stars for the future (fabregas) will all start leaving to go somewhere where they can win, leaving you with just…. more starts for the future.

    Maybe you should start looking more realistically at what you can achieve and not be so embarrassed to win a cup. 3rd and a trophy is better than 3rd.

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  33. Treez
    2524 days ago

    Spuds,
    Has Siany touched a little nerve? Are you all feeling an ‘ickle wickle bit peeved? Well, sod off and read your own blogs!

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  34. Daniel
    2524 days ago

    @jjjsniper123 @NORTHSPUR – Spuds are saying “it’s only the Carling Cup” now but I don’t think that appeared in the liner notes of your DVD.

    Great blog, Sian. Watching the ground empty around Twitch was a great sight – IT WAS A MISMATCH ‘ARRY!

    “On tea jankers one day, I accidentally dropped and cracked said mug. I’m such a klutz.” <3 <3 <3

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  35. sianyr
    2524 days ago

    If I reply to all the comments it’ll make this page about a mile long, so I’ll do it all in one.

    First of all thanks to everyone who left an intelligent comment from both sides of the fence, it’s been nice to have a bit of debate going on in the comments for a change!

    With regards to how many first team players Arsenal put out on Tuesday, there were six. More than we’ve ever put out in this competition before I’m sure but let’s not pretend like this is the team that will face Chelsea in the PL.

    If Tottenham didn’t put out a correspondingly strong side, that’s their problem. The cup meant enough to them that a warehouse full of merchandise was put out in 2008 so if priorities have now changed, good for them. Maybe concentrate on the fact this is a good thing for Tottenham?

    For those saying the Carling Cup means nothing to them because they now have Champions League football… yeah, it’s nice isn’t it?

    For the person wondering how long it’s been since we won a trophy, it’s been five years, May 2005 was the last time. One is well overdue, we know this.

    For those saying we’re getting a bit excited with the age thing, blame the guy who thinks I’m a silly slag for bringing it up. 22.8 was the average age of our team on Monday… that is not that young and as I said, it was a relatively strong side for us. 23.8 (Tottenham’s average age) is not that young either.

    As for ‘dl’, you’re quite right, and as I also said in the original post a trophy is a trophy is a trophy. If the boys were to go on to win it, we would celebrate. The drought would be over. But it’s still the Carling Cup.

    It’s been great getting so many opinions from different fans today. I’ve never commented on a Tottenham blog before so thanks for taking the time to comment on this Arsenal one.

    Good luck with the rest of the season.

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  36. Daniel
    2524 days ago

    Well said! Lot of love in the house….

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  37. Dutchfutbolita
    2524 days ago

    Hi

    just read your blog, love it.
    Have been thinking about starting one myself (although about Dutch football) for a while now. So while reading your pieces i’m getting all excited again.
    Could you please tell me how much time you put into this?
    Other tips & tricks are more than welcome as well.
    thanks!

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    • sianyr
      2524 days ago

      @Dutchfutbolita Yes you definitely should! I’m going to assume you are Dutchfutbolita from Twitter and say we could definitely do with more girl bloggers. I don’t know where you were planning on hosting your blog but FootballUnited are really helpful and also help lots with publicising your stuff. And I just spoke to one of the guys who run the site and he said they’re in need of some Dutch football blogs! It doesn’t usually take too long to write them, depending on how much there is to talk about. Setting it up was really easy and I’m a complete failure at technology (you can tell from the lack of photos can’t you!) I shall tweet you now… thanks for the comment!

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  38. MattWFC7
    2524 days ago

    Excellent blog as usual Siany (is that a tad too familiar?!). There’s very few positive Arsenal blogs out there at the moment so yours is a breath of fresh air amongst the masses which constantly criticise.

    As for Spurs fans proclaiming that it was their ‘C’ team. Get a grip. Didn’t it cost Harry upwards of £50m to put together this team of potential ‘world-beaters’? (I’m thinking of Palacios, Pav, Sandro, Bentley, Dos Santos, Bassong etc)

    Any comments that refer to the Premeir League as the “EPL” aren’t worth reading anyway…just returned from two weeks in the US where a goal in the “EPL” was referred to as coming from a long “toss in” and subsequently headed into the “mesh”. I think they meant throw in and net. I think.

    Keep up the excellent work.

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  39. Yid
    2524 days ago

    nice to know the cup means so much to you lot! thought it meant nothing when we destroyed you a couple of years ago?

    Contradictory C***s!

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    • sianyr
      2524 days ago

      Read the post again and try and understand it this time. Christ.

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  40. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    TREEZ… In answer to your question, clearly Keane is not a first 11 player and has not been since he returned to the club from Liverpool. And Bassong has never been a first 11 player for us.
    Just trying to put a little perspective in the fact that you had mainly first, second and third choice players on the pitch whereas we were using players a lot further down the list.
    I had forgotten to count Kaboul, which means we were playing a fifth choice right back.
    Who would your fifth choice RB and fifth and sixth choice CB be ?
    Fair play to the authors follow up article in which she confirms you used 6 first team players and to your manager for surprising all of us including Aresenal supporters by putting out a far stronger team than expected.
    Nothing wrong with that but surprising given his previous comments thats it’s a competition that does not matter.
    Looks like it will be a 2 horse race between you and Man Utd now.
    And as the author also says it’s nice to have a debate between supporters that is interesting and does not descend to the “my dads bigger than your yours B/S.”
    Shame the morons do not stick to 606.
    Nice effort Sian!

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  41. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    YOGESH… BAE is in the team because Modric is injured. Modric gets fit, plays LM and Bale goes to LB.
    PAV has never been used as anything but a back up player, hence he plays in CC games.
    Wilshere is playing in your first 11 because Fabregas is injured. Do you think Wilshere should be counted as a first 11 player ? I don’t.
    As far as the rest of it is concerned, try reading the authors original article and follow up item number 42. Appears she has a far better understanding than you.
    And if you feel the need to reply, tell me who your fifth and sixth choice defenders are.

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  42. Treez
    2524 days ago

    David,
    Still sounds a bit nit picky.
    Mind you, for a Spud, you sound ok.
    Ever considered defecting?

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  43. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    MATT @ 45.What has cost got to do with it ?
    Or is it only Tottenham who waste money on players ?
    How are Wiltord, Wright, Jeffers or the japanese guy whose name escapes me doing ?
    Please see my previous two posts and the one at number 22 and see if you can answer the question re your fifth and sixth choice players.

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  44. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    TREEZ @ 51.
    How very dare you!
    Have to confess my dad supports you lot and in hindsight, would probably have been less painful if I had too but you know how it is, once you support a team, they have got you for life and there’s nothing you can do about it.
    I like coming on sites like this when people make interesting points but too often it degenerates into a slanging match.
    I often think people who support other teams but watch yours now and then will sometimes see the things that a regular supporter misses so thats why I am interested in other teams fans genuine views on where my team are going wrong.
    I reckon if AW had added just a couple of players over the past 4-5 years you would have had a real chance of winning loads, instead of just finishing in top 4.
    Everyone could see you needed a GK , centre half and midfield enforcer, the board said he had the money but he never bought anyone.
    I cannot work out if he was being stubborn or the money was not really available but it must have been frustrating for you supporters to be so close.
    Anyway, you sound ok too, but if we get any friendlier, someone will suggest we book a room!
    Good luck.

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  45. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    David,

    To me when i say first teamers, it means first 11. Here was our team.

    Fabianski – Should count as a player for you.
    Eboue – 2nd Choice RB
    Djourou – 3rd/4th Choice CB
    Koscielny – 1st 11
    Gibbs – 2nd Choice LB
    Lansbury – I think he has to some 6th or 7th Choice RB
    Wilshere – Generally a Sub
    Nasri – 1st 11
    Denilson – Used almost always as a Sub
    Rosicky – Used almost always as a Sub
    Vela – 4th/5th Choice Striker.

    As for Wilshere i dint say he is our team player, i said they were Nasri and Koscielny before Arshavin n Chamakh were added.

    Anyways wasnt the story this season about how your bench is stronger than ours. Didnt look like that to me. Also remember you played at home. You do concede thats an advantage in football right. You had to play your 6th choice CB or 5th choice CB because of your manager’s mismanagement. Anyways i am sure our 5th or 6th choice CB Håvard Nordtveit has more exposure than your guys because he is prepared as a player that way.

    By the was Chamakh is a first team player because RvP is injured. By the same logic, i am pretty sure Pav or Keane are first team players since Defoe is out. Pick one.

    All first team/cost considerations/age arguments aside, the only reason why there is so much noise here is because

    a. Its a derby
    b. You lot made a DVD of a win against our kids last time around.
    c. All the crowing by your players n coach about how you were better than us now.

    And act as much as you can, i am pretty sure that defeat hurt you because of the pride factor. Carling Cup hasn’t become Champions League but beating you lot in any competition still gives us the same joy…. well maybe not as much as winning a League in your stadium but still!

    Anyways its just a banter. And you sound much better than those dimwits who think Referee helped us win. If at all, he was the reason why it went to Extra Time. You are a much better team than 3-4 years ago but in that last game, you hardly had any chances to score or even had the ball for a long time. So kudos for that!

    Good luck in CL. Maybe we will meet you in CL knockout stages and show you how our first 11 is better than yours! :-) :-)

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  46. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    Yogesh @54
    I think a lot of us are wondering what HR was thinking of the other night. He was clearly out foxed by AW.
    He put together a defence that had never played together, Caulker had just come back from a serious injury hence the cramp, Naughton is way down the pecking order, the GK had not played for us before and had not played for anyone for 12 months due to injury.
    In centre midfield, we had Livermore who is the lowest rated of our central midfielders and has now gone on loan to Ipswich, & Sandro playing his first game in England. He then plays Bentley and Palacious totally out of position at LM and RM respectivley.
    Finally, its our 3/4th choice striker and fifth choice striker up front.
    Our team looked like strangers which in many ways they were, but yours all seemed to know what they were meant to be doing.
    It is clear your team play the same way at all levels which must make it easier to integrate players. In this respect, Chamakh appears a natural replacement for RVP, Wilshere for Fabregas and Gibbs for Clichy etc.
    Spurs on the other hand do not operate this system and when key players such as Bale, Lennon or Defoe are out, they have no natural replacement and suffer as a result.
    The game at the Emirates last year was an example when Defoe, Lennon and Modric were out and Spurs had no replacements and no attacking threat.
    Hopefully the emergence of Bale and signing of VDV will give us extra options/ cover but we still have no direct repacements for Lennon or Defoe.
    If you ever go on the Spurs blogs there are quite a few supporters who think HR is useless and should be sacked! Others think he is going for the England job.
    He certainly got team selection badly wrong on Tuesday and not for the first time.
    What annoys most of us is that HR puts out such a weak and disjointed team with little experience of playing with each other and the only surprise to me was that it went to extra time.
    As for each team pitting their first choice elevens against each other, it will never happen, as there are always players injured and we both have our sick-notes!
    If we each list our first choice starting eleven and then 7 subs and then compare the 2, I doubt there is much in it. I think only Chelsea and maybe Man C have stronger 18′S.
    Anyway it’s been fun, thanks for your time.

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  47. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    David,

    I dont like HR for the simple reason that he seems to have no loyalty. And he doesn’t seem to worry about the consequences of his action on the club. The last 2 clubs haven’t been left with a standing leg.

    So just hope he doesn’t bankrupt you lot with his constant whining about needing more players and once he has got ‘em , needed even more players. He just seems to be the English version of Rafa Benitez!

    Here is an article about Harry’s past. The Author is a brilliant analyst in terms of football finance but he does have Arsenal loyalties so it might be biased a little. But look past it and see how he makes sense about Redknapp.

    http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2010/01/harrys-game.html

    By the way while you are there, check out a few more articles. He makes sense of Football finances more than any other person i have read.

    @Sian, your blog is getting really popular! Kudos. How about a little more advertisement here so that it makes you richer! :-) :-)

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  48. Byo
    2524 days ago

    First time reading this throughly enjoyable blog-a gooner from Charlottesville, VA.
    Facts:
    -That Arsenal played a relatively young team w/experience is testament to AW policy bearing fruit. “Youth” team is synonymous to strong team for The Arsenal.
    -That Redknapp resorted to Lennon(who was mastered by Gibbs), and Keane revealed how much he wanted a win.
    -The higher fitness and technical superiority was on display for 120 min.
    -Spurs fan should be proud of being in the CL, a tournament The Arsenal has been in for ever. Now let’s see you get out of the group stages.

    See you in the EPL match-ups w/ your non-youth team.

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  49. NORTHSPUR
    2524 days ago

    Yogesh having wasted 5 mins of my time looking at that article i still can not see what you ar that writer base anything on.

    If you or that writer had the first clue about football you would know Mr Levy does not do anything for anyone if he does not want to.

    Theres more chance of Us winning the treble and CL this season than HR making us bankrupt.

    @Daniel Read my post before you comment, i said Arse fans were saying it was a meaningless cup when we won and saying they played a weaker team so it meant nothing.

    Now all of a sudden since you beat us the cup becomes worth something FUNNY THAT.

    On the night you beat us so how does that now make the cup special.

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  50. NORTHSPUR
    2524 days ago

    @Treez

    Really is that the best you can do or is the debate outside your foul mouth rants

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  51. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    Northspur,

    A. The cup still doesn’t mean a lot. Beating you in your own ground making your players run silly for the ball all night long does mean a lot even though not as much as making a DVD or a mug or even a pamphlet!

    B. Neither the writer nor me question the credential about the Sp*rs being run as a business unit. It might be with a grudge but i have to agree that you are a well run business till now. The question being raised here is about Redknapp, not Sp*rs. If you are questioning the logic that he was at least partly responsible for those club’s misfortunes, then i am afraid an intelligent “discussion” or “argument” is not possible here!

    I dont know what you do with the rest of the minutes of your life but considering you have enough time to fish for a arsenal blog and write such “intelligent” comments/replies, i am inclined to just laugh at the “waste of time” jibe!

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  52. DAVID
    2524 days ago

    HI YOGESH,
    I am not too worried about HR bankrupting the club while Levy is chairman. He may not look that scary but he calls all the shots
    Although HR has taken us a long way in a short time it has to be taken into account that the players would not produce for Ramos and the team we had when HR came was a lot better than it’s position at the foot of the table.
    HR by no means has full support from the supporters and if he walked or was pushed, I think the supporters would be split on whether it was a good or bad thing.
    I have no doubt that if England came calling he would be off like a shot but I would be amazed if he was offered the job whilst the Police charges against him were outstanding.
    Must admit he was not my first choice for the Spurs job and I would not be that concerned if he jumped ship although I have no idea who would replace him.

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  53. NORTHSPUR
    2524 days ago

    @Yogesh

    Just to clear up your points.

    A)I would agree with you making a dvd was silly and it is not on my shelf however to say you made our players run all night etc is just you view which is not shared by many netrauls

    B) YOU said “So just hope he doesn’t bankrupt” so that comment was just ??

    C) “but considering you have enough time to fish for a arsenal” This site comes up on news now for TOTTENHAM so no need to “fish”

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  54. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    Northspur,

    Ok I agree I was exaggerating but where is the fun in not doing that. But you cannot deny that over the 90 we looked like the only team which would win.

    Again that bankrupt was just to show his deficiency and lack of loyalty but if you say that he is not exactly revered by you lot I would take it as a good thing for ur team’s supporters and the team itself.

    The way FA is run though I won’t be surprised if he is offered the post.

    As for the fishing comment, again it was just me responding to “5 mins comment”.. I love these discussions/ arguments. I am in US and I don’t see many sp*rs fan here, so these forums are the only place where I can have some banter.

    But I gotta hate you n your club. It’s just the way I am programmed. :-) :-)

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  55. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    Sorry for the typos in the last comment and swallowed words. Not the best at typing in a phone!

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  56. NORTHSPUR
    2524 days ago

    @Yogesh

    I have not said you did not look the better side and i would agree we could not complain about the result BUT that was not my point was it ?.

    I was making the point that when we beat you the comments from many Arse posters was it was meaningless because it was the c/cup etc etc but all of a sudden it now means something.

    I really can not see where clubs going bankrupt has any links to HR loyalty.

    Its a FACT that Harry made Portsmouth money on tranfer dealings please tell me you do not think harry signed off on the wage demands etc ?

    “But I gotta hate you n your club. It’s just the way I am programmed”

    Sorry but i am a season ticket holder who has a 600 mile round trip EVERY home game so consider myself a Spurs diehard and while i dislike the Arse i could not say i hate you as i do not know you and i have many many mates who support other teams

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  57. Yogesh
    2524 days ago

    Northspur,

    The hate comment was of course tongue in cheek. Why you take it personally in spite of me making it clear with a couple of smileys is beyond me.

    I really dont wanna get into HR’s credentials too much in detail here. Wage demands are part of the transfer. He wanted those players, that’s why they were signed. Anyways i guess no one would give up supporting their Manager so i dont wanna continue on that. I dislike him for the said reasons but its upto you to make your choices.

    As for making the win a big deal, i have mentioned the reasons in my previous comments. We are not going to go berserk if we dont win Carling Cup and time will prove that to you.

    It was nice arguing with you but this is going nowhere. So good luck for future. Lets clash on some other topic, some other time.

    Cheers!

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  58. Taeryn
    2523 days ago

    Hail Byo, from a fellow VA gooner :) .

    Nice post, Sian. Cut Fabianski a little more slack though. He had a decent game short of the offside goal, I thought. It’s apparently fashionable to slag the guy off these days, but we’re stuck with him as our 2nd choice keeper, so might as well get behind him.

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