Roll on Spurs, we just can’t wait.

Written by kelsey

Those who are regulars on here would have read that I had positive vibes for the game at Goodison in my early comment yesterday morning. kelsey positive!!! Never they cried. Well the oracle for once was proved right.

This was never going to be an easy game, with Everton having strung together a sequence of good results at home after a somewhat shaky start, nevertheless I hoped after a tricky but deserved win at Wolves for once the momentum would continue.

The first twenty minutes were somewhat cagey but both sides were intent on playing football and though physical it was a test that we hoped would show that there was a new determination in the way we fought for every ball, and we weren’t disappointed.

The first goal came from an unlikely source through Sagna and then shortly after half time with as astute substitution of Wilshere for Denilson, he himself was instrumental in providing Fabregas with our second .

Everton are no pushovers these days and we knew that we had to be at our very best to await the onslaught on our goal, yet if Nasri had scored with his dazzling run through the middle or Chamakh had just stretched another six inches we would have been 3-0 up and the game would have been literally over. However it was not to be and the much maligned Fabianski yet again came to our rescue on more than one occasion, showing what amazing reflexes this young man has, and that his confidence is growing by the day.

A late scrambled goal inevitably by Cahill near the end made the score just about fair,though there was more than a hint of a foul on Song in the build up.

Webb had a strange game, again focusing on the inconsistency by referees, but one thing is clear Distin fouled Fabregas and the referee got that booking completely wrong.

Man of the match for me was Nasri, who is fast becoming an immense player for us. A special mention also to Djourou arguably our forth choice centre back, who had his best game of the seaon and his partnership with Squillaci stood in the main, firm.

Just a word about squad strength when we have RvP, Walcott, Gibbs,  Rosicky and Denilson starting on the bench today, Bendtner to return and Ramsey only a few weeks away from strengthening our squad even more.

So roll on Spurs.

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51 Responses to Roll on Spurs, we just can’t wait.

  1. Carlito11 says:

    Ain’t life grand! :-)

  2. Rasp says:

    Morning Carlito,

    I still have a warm feeling inside following yesterday’s events.

    Denilson deserves a lot of credit for the influence he had on the game yesterday, he was more effective than Jack and played a big part in the second goal.

    kelsey,

    Fine match report. I’d much rather be facing the spuds after we’d both had CL games midweek rather than the cursed international break which always seems to have a bad effect on us.

  3. Morning all

    What a smiley happy place the world is today :D

    Djourou certainly didn’t disappoint did he, after his solid performance against Wolves I was hoping he would carry on being in the right place and sticking his 6’4″ frame onto every header that came his way.Mind you I am a sucker for defenders :oops:

  4. Carlito11 says:

    I’ve got to give AW a lot of credit for making a half-time substitution- something I’ve often argued needs to happen more regularly. Le Boss must think LJ’s got enough self-confidence to handle it. Thanks for the excellent write up Kelsey!

  5. Carlito11 says:

    Morning Rasp- MOTD was especially pleasurable given the Black Cats and Ashley’s defensive evolution at the Bridge! Did anyone else catch the Ricky Villa clip? He STILL calls them “Tottingham” after all these years! Priceless :-D

  6. Gooner in Oz says:

    The spuds are sinking purposefully towards their favoured spot at 13th in the PL table. Let’s help them secure their very own and much loved 13th place in the table. Be nice to score 5 or 6 against them and shut them up for good and all!!

    If we win 6-0 and they end up at 13th, think of the comemorative DVD’s they’ll put out to celebrate!!

  7. kelsey says:

    Last time the spuds won the league, we had black and white TV’s and one had to take a tram part of the way to their ground.

  8. pat says:

    go the Djourou…

  9. kelsey says:

    We may not be as fluid as we were in our attack but I think the last straw was losing at home to Newcastle and more than a few harsh words were spoken by le boss that we have to get stuck in more, even if that sometimes means getting a few more cards.
    This team could become a mixture of the good Graham era together with the concept of wengerball.I can only see us improving, and kicking on from yesterday’s result.

  10. SharkeySure says:

    Nice write up Kels.

    I too felt we’d have too much about us for Everton. Nasri is a real penetrative threat now. Its not just his flashy runs for me, but also his strength in holding players off when he’s backed into a corner.

    I’ve not been impressed by arshavin for most of this season, but he’s put in a few good shifts in a row now, so fair play to him.

    Well played DJ, great game from Fab2, and a great effort from Song in the middle of the park. First 45 he hardly left pourhalf andwas very disciplined, then with Denilson behind him in the 2nd 45, he pressed the ball very well higher up the pitch.

  11. tommystout says:

    good report Kelsey, 2 points behind now wupeeee.
    anyway fair play to wenger with the denilson substitution.
    Fab2 was immense again,i’m gla theres now an official ban on “flappy calling”.
    Also JD and squill are looking a good partnership, roll on spuds next week cant wait, we can go top.
    So why was the introduction of denilson so effective, was LJW tired, too mauled by hateinger. Whatever it was he seemed all over the place.
    One thing that did stand out for me was the ref giving a yellow card for casc getting his foot trod on… the worst thing was that he had his back to the incident and purley reacted to the crowd. Did he consult a lino? if not then i think its appalling.

  12. tommystout says:

    What is appalling is my typing – apologies :-(

  13. tommystout says:

    Does anyone think that refereeing has improved this year? i don’t.
    Ashley Young celebrates his goal with the crowd and gets booked. Vidic does the same, ref does nothing…. eh?

  14. kelsey says:

    Tommy,

    according to le boss,jack was completly exhausted and the Denilson arrival was as good a sub as we have had all season,as he was instrumental in setting up the move for our second goal.

  15. tommystout says:

    Yeah Kelsey Denilson seemed all over the place to me, he was certainly match fresh.

  16. 26may1989 says:

    Great stuff yesterday, and precisely because winning the game required discipline and focus. Too often in the past we’ve looked for the perfect performance and in doing so, while winning beautifully in some games, have often ended up dropping points needelssly. The challenge now is to transfer the seriousness of our away form to our erratic home form, especially when we’re facing a really well organised defence.

    That won’t be the problem on Saturday though, with two of the PL’s most flawed defences and creative attacking forces on show. But I fancy our defence to do the business again next weekend, and for us to win by a couple of goals.

    Now, where are those Chelsea fans…….

  17. 26may1989 says:

    No Tommy, I don’t think refereeing has improved this season – Webb managed to annoy both sides yesterday (how long did he take to book Haitinga?). Roll on the days when we can start having non-English referees officiate in PL games, that’ll improve the standard.

  18. tommystout says:

    Agreed 26may i think thats a good call.
    Though when you mention our flawed defense i did disagree with you until i remembered a clichy incedent from yesterdays game when he again was shepherding a ball around our area and gave it away and let them in for another scoring opportunity.
    Why doesnt he hoof it into row Z???

  19. Steve Palmer says:

    Steady Gooners, Wooo up
    We had a good three points yesterday but not the greatest spectical you ever saw and a tage lucky in my veiw, but that games done and dusted.
    Our hated hungry neighbours are next, but this sorry excuse for men have found the form of their lives they have done a Wenger, found a player that has inspired there team, i hate to say it, but this guy is the real deal his talent is imense,he has changed a groupe of ex dustmen into a group of players that have belief, hard to believe after installing the Gypo traveler whealer dealer, after he had no where else to go, this new comer with only one fault absolutly no navigation skills whatsoever or else he would have found The Emerates, could become our undoing, we need to regroupe and make plans to skupper this young Welshmans plans yes another kick in the teeth his not English,typical, they believe that they can get one over us, and i am afraid if we dont get our flowing game and teamwork back to how it should be they could be right, so that said, we need these new tactics that Mr W has come up with to sort them out.

  20. Rasp says:

    Hi Steve,

    Obviously Sagna will be the main man to deal with Bale, but I wonder who AW will put in right midfield to help counter his threat?

  21. tommystout says:

    Well that surely is looking like nasri now – isnt it Rasp?

  22. Steve Palmer says:

    Rasp, good point mate, you wont agree and i dont blame you but seeing how Theo was sharing his bed it may make sense to pit these two together i dont think theo would want to have one put over him could make a fair tussel

  23. Red Arse says:

    Steve wash your mouth out! Sharing his bed? :-)

  24. kelsey says:

    I couldn’t understand why we played in yellow yesterday so I asked someone who I knew would know.(YW) Apparently our traditional red top would have clashed with the poppy for remembrance day.

  25. Steve Palmer says:

    Sorry Red Arse, perhaps i could have worded that a bit better, but we still hav.nt found the best place for him yet and i believe he still needs a bit of toughing up his tall and his quick and his filling out he dos’nt look like he’s going up front so with his size he may have to go back,worth a try or why keep him!

  26. Steve Palmer says:

    Kelsey, would have made more sense to have outlined the poppy in yellow. Glad you found out about that though i was whinging to my old woman about it

  27. Steve Palmer says:

    Just gone back and read a comment, it stated that Wilshere was exhausted, come off it, your eighteen years old and you play two games in a week and your exhausted, what a load of crap,in my life and some of you i’m sure have worked seven days a week for years and my employer would have never accepted me telling him i was exhausted its a ninty minute game not a marathon, if my employer were to offer me fifty grand a week i would have done nights as well

  28. kelsey says:

    Steve,

    actually AW stated that himself that after the battering Jack got he was exhausted.It happens.

  29. tommystout says:

    Does anyone read arseblog? ive been a fan for years, in fact it and this site are my favourite blogs.
    Anyway i dabble in twitter and one person i follow is cesc. I noted the otherday that of the few people that cesc follows, one of these is arseblog. what a score!
    Its reassuring to know that players follow the blogs, i wonder how many of them visit this site.

  30. Rasp says:

    Hi tommy,

    We all read Arseblog – he’s the guv’nor!

    I’m sure the players read the blogs and the clubs have staff who monitor the blogs. PR is a huge part of modern day football and blogs give an insight into the supporters reactions.

  31. SharkeySure says:

    Steve, whilst I dsagree with you re Jack being exhausted, I loved this line: “if my employer were to offer me fifty grand a week I would have done nights as well”.

    Thats a cracker

  32. gunnern5 says:

    Good match report Kelsey.

    I was both impressed and also depressed by different aspects of the game.

    Impressive aspects were:

    1. The win, we dug in and stuck it out.
    2. Our newly found tenacity and backbone.
    3. Fabianski’s shot stopping – top drawer.
    4. Djourou’s growing confidence.
    5. Squillaci looks like the real deal.
    6. Cesc turning into a play making bully.
    7. Nasri- just gets better and better.
    8. Arshavin getting more involved.
    9. Denilson being a steadying influence.
    10. AW’s early use of a sub.

    Depressive aspects were:

    1. We almost gave away 2 points.
    2. Not controlling the last 20 minutes.
    3. Fabianski’s lack of box control.
    4. Clichy’s 30 second tune outs.
    5. Chamakh being wasteful.
    6. Unbalanced attack – mostly right side.
    7. Woeful crossing skills.
    8. Cesc getting a card for being fouled.
    9. AW bringing on Eboue was scary.
    10. Wasting too many opportunities.

    All in all we seem to be maturing at the right time, our injury list is shorter than previous years and we appear to have more tested depth than our competitors.

    Roll on the Spurs……

  33. goonerwife says:

    I think Wenger substitution of Wilshire worked because Denilson is damn good. NOt only that he and cecs seem to work really well together. they get each other. My fav midfield is song, cesc and Denilson.

    I always feel comfortable when Deni plays. love him. It would be great if arsenal fans would stop calling him a bad player.

  34. Rasp says:

    Hi gw,

    Denilson has had his detractors, but this season he seems so much more confident and composed. He brings a sense of control and calm but also newly acquired steel to the midfield. I think he is our most improved player.

  35. Rasp says:

    …. or maybe he should share that accolade with Fabianski and Djourou?

  36. dandan says:

    Good post, Kelsey but don’t get overconfident the spuds will be right up for this one, Gallas will go for it and they do have some good players now. The Dutchman will bear watching and knowing our luck there injuries will clear up having not played midweek.
    That said I expect us to win a tight and open game.

    Sharkey. Re Working nights for 50k, he is 18 and loaded so its probably the night work that has exhausted him. (Hush my mouth)

  37. tommystout says:

    at 6ft4 i’m praying that djourou makes the grade.

  38. dandan says:

    Has anyone noticed any acknowledgement in the press of the fact that 5 of the latest England squad have played for our Academy, not bad for a supposedly French side that only buys kids from round the world.
    Just our luck though that both Clichy and Gibbs get Injured

  39. Tim says:

    It’s easy to underestimate how good a result yesterday was. Everton were seven unbeaten coming into this game, and are exactly the sort of team we traditionally struggle against. (Last year’s 6-1 was an aberration, really.)

    Really pleased with yesterday’s performance. There will be times – yesterday was one – where the key requirement is substance rather than style – and that’s exactly what we did. Too many pundits have written us off saying that we’re not capable of toughing out the hard wins. They could do worse than to re-watch our last two games to see that that simply isn’t true any more!

    http://thearmchairsportsfan.com/2010/11/14/bacary-breezer-helps-arsenal-to-battling-remembrance-sunday-win/

  40. Carlito11 says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Sorry- still laughing at Chelsea! :-D

  41. 26may1989 says:

    The next 10 games are going to be very important for us, since we play Spurs, United (away), Chelsea (home), City (home) and Villa (away) in that run.

    By comparison, in the back-end of the season it’s relatively light: in the last 16 games, the toughest games are United (home), Spurs (away), Liverpool (home) and Stoke (away).

    Hold our nerve between now and New Year and, despite having thrown points away already, we’ll have a good foundation to give the title a real crack this year.

  42. kelsey says:

    No Red arse, no peaches, no chary, no big Raddy, no irish and no Rocky lives .

    Are you all over whelmed today ;)

  43. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Good evneing,
    Only smart poelpe can raed this.
    I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this psas it on !!
    Never get at me about my spellnig agian, thank you.

  44. kelsey says:

    I bleame Paet Royce ;)

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Just got home. Fine post Kelsey.

    On reflection, we could have scored 4 or 5 and Everton were very fortunate that their goal stood. Saha climbed all over Song and it was a very obvious foul, but Webb was having a poor game and didn’t see it

  46. RockyLives says:

    Micky – couldn’t understand a wrod.

    Kelsey – sorry to not get on earlier – been having a busy few days. Enjoyed the post and you make a great point about the bench. We have greater strength in depth than any of our rivals. I read somewhere that Chelsea’s bench for the Sunderland game (Kalou apart) had a total of three first team appearances between them. It makes AW’s strategy of blooding the youngsters on a regular basis look very smart indeed. It cost us some pain along the way, but maybe now it’s beginning to pay off.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    True RL. Our squad is improving every year. I expect to see a rotation policy over the coming few years as a matter of norm – IF AW can keep the players happy.

    Now CHelsea fans know what we have suffered from so often over the past season – the loss of the spine of the team. Both CB’s, (selling Cavahlo doesn’t seem so clever now!!), Fat Frank and Essien all missing. Compared to us last year when we had CB’s, Cesc, TR, Diaby, RvP, Eduardo, NB etc they are virtuallu injury free….

  48. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Mmmmmmmmmm!! United are in huge trouble financially & Chavski are imploding since Uncle Fester’s departure & due to injuries.

    ………………& who’s in the box seat to pounce? THE ARSENAL thats who.

    This Hotshit fixture is going to be BIG. Arsenal has got to win it. They have just got to!!

  49. kelsey says:

    Inded the Glazers are repaying 200 million of 730 million but it has not yet been stated if they are repaying the part loan (for which they are paying 16.5% interest)themselves or if it is coming from the club itself.

  50. Morning all

    Theres a NEW POST

  51. [...] Roll on Spurs, we just can’t wait. [...]

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