First NLD to AFC…London is red for now :-)

I did not see the game but just the highlights and read the reactions from coaches, players and pundits alike and it seems that:

  1. We played quite well
  2. Spurs were quite poor

So ultimately, the result needs to be assessed against these two critera:

  1. We played quite well with a good pressing, some good front-foot defending especially in the first half and lethal counter-attacks;
  2. Spurs were just poor with and without the ball and Kane casted an isolated figure.

So the momentum has really turned from

  • ecstatic Spurs’ fans who were top of the league after 3 games with convincing wins and a good game plan to deflated Spurs fan with 3 losses in 3 games with at least 3 goals conceded in each defeat;
  • deflated AFC’s fans who were bottom of the league after 3 games with no wins, no goals scored and no real understanding of Arteta’s game plan to encouraged AFC fans with 3 wins a row, only 1 goal conceded and 5 goals scored…

The tables have turned and Nuno must be feeling the heat already…Arteta got some reprieve for sure but not everything was rosy from what I gathered since Kane could have scored from a free header, gotten a penalty kick too so…let us not yet scream on top of the roofs that AFC is a top 6 contender ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, it was a good week-end for us with Liverpool, Chelsea, Utd and Chelsea losing but we still have a lot to do to become genuine Top 6 contenders.

For what it is worth, Arteta has found:

  • his starting GK as Ramsdale continues his good spell;
  • his starting back-four with a special mention to Tomyasu who seems to have 3 lungs;
  • his attacking unit by playing ESR on the left

Of course, the double-pivot is still up in the air due to Partey being injury prone, Xhaka being injury and red-cared prone…However, yesterday, it seemed that this partnership worked.

Auba was also involved in the game. Of course, this display is quite bad news for Pepe and Lacazette but ultimately, they will have to just push for a starting berth.

Great day for ESR and Saka and apparently, Tierney was also in fine form.

A well deserved win but let us be cautious and keep our heads down, work hard and hope for another good result next week at Brighton!

COYG! London is Red!


16 Responses to First NLD to AFC…London is red for now :-)

  1. RC78 says:

    The good thing with that win is that it also cements our starting XI and especially our GK…

    Rams – Tomy, White, Gabs, Tierney – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, ESR – Auba

    Which means that our second team (pbbly Cup team) is not looking too bad either:

    Leno – Chambs, Holding, Mari, Tavares – Sambi, El Neny, AMN – Pepe, Laca, Martinelli

    There is still Cedric, Balogun and Nketiah in the mix…

  2. Sue says:

    After a nightmare start – cancelled/broken down trains, I got to the stadium with 45 minutes to spare!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ The atmosphere was electric.. it was fantastic!
    A superb performance from all.. 3 brilliant goals! I was really pleased for ESR, Auba and Saka especially Auba; and I loved his Henry celebration ๐Ÿ˜
    All together now – ๐ŸŽถ Tottenham get battered everywhere they gooooo… ๐ŸŽถ

    The women also won yesterday; 5-0 against City and now top their league… Ooh to be a gooner ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Thanks, RC ๐Ÿ‘

  3. fatgingergooner says:

    Xhaka was excellent until his injury. Looked a bad one aswell. Could be a great opportunity for Lokonga though. Brighton look a decent side so that will be a tougher test than yday. Spurs weโ€™re shocking in the 1st half and we coasted a bit in the second, which is to be expected when 3-0 up. What Spurs โ€˜couldveโ€™ or โ€˜shouldโ€™veโ€™ is irrelevant. We โ€˜DIDโ€™ and thatโ€™s all that matters. Onwards and upwards.

  4. Pete the Thirst says:

    As Sue says the Atmosphere yesterday was electric.

    ESR was my MoM. Closely followed by Saka. Ramsdale pulled off a great save towards the end of the game. Tommy looked very solid.

    A great result with the players looking interested. Pepe will struggle to get back in the side.

  5. LBG says:

    Arsenal had an excellent first half. Were secure at the back, dominant and creative in midfield, and sharp up front. In the second half they sat back. Still had 7 shots on target as against Totteringham’s 4.
    And on the Saturday night more titles lost at Shite Hart Lane, with a classic Spursey performance from AJ.
    Sod, keep our heads down! You were battered Totteringham, and North London is red. Now for Brighton and sixth place.

  6. Mike M says:

    Morning all. DIdn’t see the whole game but ecstatic with the result. Just one moment stuck in my mind. Ramsdale screaming at the defence for not clearing the ball just after the brilliant save late in the second half. We have needed that for so long !!! Hopefully this is the start of better things. But I’m going to enjoy battering the Totties for the moment !!

  7. omgarsenal says:

    RC78….you should go onto ARFC’s website and watch both halves. The Arsenal were so dominant in the first half that they drove Spurs wild. Arteta’s gameplan changed in the second half and Spurs had more chances but clearly Mikel wanted AFC to tighten up defensively and work on controlling rather than dominating the game. Your review is far TOO negative.

  8. Las says:

    Hey ArsenalArsenal,
    Whoever wrote the report, I strongly suggest him to catch up on the full match here It is well worth watching.
    We were truly excellent as a team and to a man. A brave, disciplined, determined performance and credit to Arteta for the well-thought tactics.
    As for Xhaka, the most annoying thing about him is that he is easily capable of putting down a match-winning performance or producing a brain fart and killing us.
    Yes, Brighton will be a tough nut to crack but there is no easy match in the PL. And then we will have Palace and Villa home and Leicester away. I would say that with a performance like against Sp*rs we will have a good chance against all of these teams.

  9. Las says:

    wow as you counted, named all of our players we do have a good second string.

  10. RA says:

    Thank you for the Post, RC.

    I am beginning to think that you are just a little bit English after all, as I was impressed with your diffident use of the prose; (1) We played ‘quite’ well – and – (2) Spurs played ‘quite’ badly.

    Admittedly, you said you did not see the game and that might explain the use of the word ‘quite’ – the British use it, as an example, when being polite and saying “that was ‘quite’ a nice cup of tea” and then slyly poring it into the the aspidistra pot, when no one was looking.

    But I think you got it about right. ๐Ÿ‘

    We mashed the Spurs in the first half playing some beautiful football.

    In the second half, we did not have the same intensity, and allowed them to improve their possession etc, and conceded a goal.


    Arsenal – “8”

    Spuds – “4”

  11. RC78 says:

    OMGArsenal – sorry, I will check the game. I was jut trying to contain my excitement about this thunderous win…it may come as negative but in any case, I m glad to read from the bloggers that we destroyed the Spurs yesterday

  12. RockyLives says:

    Well done with the report RC

    As others have said, our performance was pretty dominant.

    However, I understand and agree with your desire for us not to get out over our skis: we’re not Spuds fans after all. Three games in, with them top and us bottom, lots of Spudders were saying that this was ‘their year’… they never learn, do they?

  13. RockyLives says:

    Also RC, I agree that it’s very pleasing that MA has at last found his first eleven.

    We have real talent in that 11 and if they can build on results like yesterday’s we can start to dream of finishing several places higher than we did last season.

    It’s interesting to note that yesterday’s starting line-up had SEVEN changes from the injury and illness-ravaged team that started against Brentford.

    The four who featured in both were White, Tierney, Xhaka and ESR.

  14. fatgingergooner says:

    Mike M,

    Ramsdale has been a joy to watch so far. He very nearly saved Sonโ€™s goal aswell and looked gutted that he didnโ€™t quite keep it out. Who knows, maybe one day heโ€™ll be as good as Martinezโ€ฆ.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. LB says:

    What a great result from a great performance.

  16. RockyLives says:

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