I did not see the game but just the highlights and read the reactions from coaches, players and pundits alike and it seems that:
- We played quite well
- Spurs were quite poor
So ultimately, the result needs to be assessed against these two critera:
- We played quite well with a good pressing, some good front-foot defending especially in the first half and lethal counter-attacks;
- 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 🙂
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!