The Armchair Gooner

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The BFG And Koscielny Immense, Giroud A Bit Pants And Rosicky’s Howitzer Wins The Day.

Tim Sherwood displaying what a NLD victory means to the fans.

Morning, folks.

I shan’t lie to you; sitting through those 90 minutes wasn’t one of the more pleasurable experiences I’ve encountered as an Arsenal fan. Mercifully, for all their ‘heroic’ huffing and puffing, Tottenham Hotspur remain irredeemably bloody hopeless.

In many sectors of the media, yesterday’s performance will be branded as “hanging on” or “backs to the wall”. In all honesty; I can’t say I was especially comfortable throughout, nor was I particularly nervous. I resided in a state of football purgatory where my emotions cancelled each other out, leaving a stark, listless stare on my face as I awaited the jubilation of a confirmed result. When that moment arrived, glorious elation swept over me. There is little that feels as good as beating Tottenham.

It certainly wasn’t vintage Arsenal. Spurs were given too much to cling too when, but for Chamberlain’s profligacy, we would have had considerable distance between us and them on the scoreboard. Classing the team’s performance as “hanging on” might seem accurate, but it does warrant mentioning that the only two chances to score Spurs managed to get were gifted to them by Szczesny having one of his flappy days. 

Enough of that. Let’s all take a moment to enjoy that Rosicky goal.

Wow. I’ve stated elsewhere that I believe the word tw*t isn’t used enough by commentators when describing a ball being struck perfectly. It’s such a simple exclamation, but beautifully apt. For example, when Tommy’s howitzer hit the back of the net, the appropriate response would have been:

“TW*T! Get in. Tommy proper tw*tted that!” 

Alas, I can’t see it catching on.

As usual folks, instead of tediously recapping events you’ll all have seen by now, I thought I’d take a moment to discuss a few of the notable performances on the day. Some of it will be droolingly effusive, other bits not so much, but I’ll try to be level headed as best I can. At this moment I’m still ebullient enough to be overwhelmed with the desire to run up my street shrieking grand statements of victory at my neighbours.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny

  • Perhaps I’m biased, but I do not see a better partnership in all of Europe. Individually they were both outstanding, but collectively they marshalled the defence with absolute brilliance. Words alone cannot aptly express the love I have inside for both. Perhaps only dance can.  By some considerable distance, our stand-out performers.

Olivier Giroud

  • When the team is forced back, Olivier struggles. At the Emirates when Arsenal take the attacking impetuous he hold up the ball and brings others running beyond him into play with great aplomb. When you reverse that scenario he tends to get isolated and doesn’t possess the pace to worry opponents if a ball is played over the top. Yesterday was exactly that and he was largely ineffectual the whole game.

Bacary Sagna

  • Much as Flamini did in the reverse fixture, at one stage Bac fabulously sent the hideously pudgy figure of Danny Rose spiralling unceremoniously through the air. I enjoyed that immensely. Danny Rose is an awful little urchin and his clattering was hugely justified, if only for the horrendous fluke he scored against us a few years back. If there is such a thing, it was a brilliant yellow card from Sagna.

Tomas Rosicky

  • He just loves scoring against Spurs, doesn’t he. There isn’t much I can say about Tomas that hasn’t already been said. He’s a magnificent player, thoroughly likeable and the running ability and perseverance he has at his age is awe-inspiring. That goal he scored will live in the memory for quite some time and fully deserved to win an match.

All in all, folks, the result is exactly what mattered. You can analyse the performance until the cows come home from ASDA, but it matters not a jot. North London derbies are fierce, fiery affairs where form counts for little. The only thing to take from one is the result and we got that. With Liverpool winning and Chelsea losing, the race for the title is starting to really get hot. Should we dispatch Mourinho and his minions next Saturday, then things are really going to get interesting.

That’s all from me this morning. The comments await below, so use ‘em to pour the contents of your heart out and have it immortalised in cyberspace. What did you make of the game? Who was the stand-out performer? Let me know what you think.

I’ll be back tomorrow at the usual time with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: Match reviews
  • magie says:

    Not interested in any negativity around this game.it included one of the goals of the season and the best defending in the league by a team that went to Germany midweek and took a draw from the best team in Europe. Bring on the Chavs…

    March 17, 2014 at 9:27 am
  • lance says:

    excellent result even without ozil,jack,ramsey and walcott.
    only 8 more weeks with giroud (yeah)

    March 17, 2014 at 10:22 am
  • fraz says:

    Good Victory. Need to do better vs chelsea

    March 17, 2014 at 10:54 am
  • Antique Gunmen says:

    Hi James.
    YESSS!! That’s beautiful bastard are for! How often you can win in your “average” day against Spuds in their own back yard. Dude, you forgot to mention that was SEVEN years ago (WTF?!), and that happened when Adebayor wasn’t eat banana too much and not living on a tree. Tim Sherwood moaned that they played better football, outclass Arsenal and deserved a point. Well Tim, we used to be in that side of the pitch. Dominated and lost. Sounds familiar eh James? Someone should teach Tim how to play effective football. They strike twice on target out of 14. I wonder where the hell that ” deserved a point” came from.
    In other side, Kosacker defended like massive hell to safe that calamity hands of Shezo, when Tomas running around and blastered the ball like he’s 20. Sagna still ruled in his territory like he had signed that contract extension. Giroud? Pardon me? He was there too? I must be out to the bathroom when he played.

    March 17, 2014 at 10:58 am
    • Stephen says:

      Your reference to Adebayor eating banana and living on trees is uncalled for and racist, I’m a Nigerian and 100% Arsenal fan. You should be better than that!

      March 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm
      • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

        @Antique Gunmen and @Stephen:

        Stephen has a point. The Adebayor remarks, however ever innocent they may have been, aren’t exactly the coolest of things to say. Please watch that in the future.

        March 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm
      • Antique Gunmen says:

        Deeply sorry Stephen, I’m too exciting.

        March 18, 2014 at 4:05 am
    • CK says:

      Wow, yes, completely inappropriate. Can’t quite believe you said that…

      March 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  • Admir says:

    Hi, James.

    Like that certain person associated with Blackburn Rovers would have said in our place: “Why do we need a world-class striker when Spuds have Tim Sherwood?”

    Rosicky’s goal was incredible. I had thought Podolski’s face-changing shot against Bayern would be the only Batistuta-on-Wembley-like-goal to see for some time before Rosicky scored that beauty. If that net had been only a bit weaker, that ball would have sent someone on the stands to the hospital.

    I agree about Giroud. Had we had Walcott as a false nine like we had in FA Cup clash against Spuds, Sherwood would have became second Spuds’ manager this season to get a boot in his bottom after 0:5-home defeat.

    March 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
  • nijjy says:

    Rosicky’s goal reminded me of this goal he scored against the USA in the 2006 world cup before his move to arsenal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUAr1Qagefs

    BTW the boys at arsenal have finally become men, while the grumpy old men and the little boy of old trafford were spanked by the mugsmashers. glorious. bring on chelsea next.

    March 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Nik says:

    Hi James, love the blog, first time i’ve commented. Just wanted to share this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhlx43rTs2Q with you after your tw@t comment. Bloody brilliant. Keep up the good work!

    March 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      @Nik: I knew what that link was before I clicked on it! Brilliant :)

      March 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm
  • Vinay says:

    I dont know people read between lines when there is nothing to read, i meant in terms of Ade’s comment, come on its said in jest and he does look like an ape. I mean seriously he is a bloody joke and he has the rest of his spuds teammates with him on that.
    Per and Kos wowowowowow, please keep the form for the next 10 games( of course FA cup 2 games), we just may have a title or 2 and then we shall talk.

    March 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      @Vinay: The printed word invariably doesn’t convey jest or humour, plus there are somethings it’s best not to make jokes about, however innocent. I have to agree with Stephen for complaining.

      March 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm
  • Joy says:

    I’ve been Hung over since morning after going on a drinking spree after the spuds game yesterday. Did anyone notice Adebawhore the whole game? He Wanted to make a difference by all means. I wish koscielny blinded him when he hit his face. Probably having a rethink of what he said about Arsenal and pressure.
    Still Hung over here!

    March 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm
  • prince of arsenal says:

    Joy, I agree wt you, adebawhore workd his socks off to put in a goal, so he cn run the lenghth of the pitch to celebr8, little did he knw dt we now have somethin special in kosacker.. Av been a regular reader of this blog buh this is my 1st time of commenting.. I just cnt help my love for ARSENAL

    March 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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