North London is as Red as Ever

1-nil to the Arsenal.  Let that percolate a minute…  The magnificent Arsenal victory over Spurs brings back plenty of joyous memories of former glories – it certainly was a fantastic win.  Get in, you beauty!

Many media and critics have written off Arsene Wenger and his Gooners team before a ball was even kicked, and when it finally was, the Villa result added plenty of fuel to the fire.  Whispers that Spurs have long passed us became shouts, especially after they splashed out 100million pound on a record spending summer spree – ugh, noisy neighbours.  It took the full 90minutes for all to realize that the pride of North London is Red – the glorious bright red of the Arsenal Football Club.

“Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, by far the greatest team the world has ever seen” was  rocking and rolling around The Emirates.  What makes the win so bloody great is that it restores a sense of pride for Gooners after the club has been all but dragged through the mud by media as well as fans of other clubs.  Certainly some Arsenal fans even stoked the fires as the there became a great divide between those anti-Wenger supporters and those “In Arsene We Trust” followers.  This win was crucial in mending those gaps.

The team played, well, as a “team”.  They ran their bloody socks off, showed desire and shed sweat with a massive show of courage to win the most important London derby/  Why so important?  Well, if we had lost it would have created such a vile position in the club, and amongst the fans.  Screams for Arsene’s head would have ripped around the Emirates loud and clear.  It would have been in a sense a way of stamping what media have been trying to claim for months now, that our North London rivals have emerged as the better.  But yesterday, yesterday we righted the ship.  All the AKB, WOB or any other group came together to show true solidartiy, helping direct the boys from the White Hart Lane back on their bus, tails between their legs.

Heroes they were, all over the pitch starting with our much maligned keeper Szczęsny, who was as safe as houses keeping the old enemy at bay.  Mertesacker was immense, figuratively and literally, as a leader at the back coaching, instructing the troops with such skill.  Koscielny provided hard-nosed structure, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson were attacked viciously from both sides, but after a touchy start, both stood strong and deserve plenty of plaudits.

Rosicky, with darting runs and flicking little passes created havoc a-plenty.  And alongside him the “Magician”, Cazorla, teased and tantalized with his quick feet and quick thinking.  MOTM in my opinion was the “Welsh Maradona” Aaron Ramsey, who worked tirelessly winning battles, starting attacks and standing tall all game; the young kid has become a man!  Walcott was electric at times, thus providing the quality service that delivered the winning goal on a plate for our pretty Frenchman.  And now to the man himself, Giroud.  Remember this is the player who many had written off as not good enough.  Give him credit – 4 goals in 4 games with a work rate second to none.  Giroud has arrived and is here to stay.  How bloody good was that run and little flick/dink under the impressive Spurs keeper?  It was classy.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Flamini, a player who I was pissed off we got, but honestly he may be what we need – a pain in the a** player who will protect the back 4.  On a free it is a good deal indeed, Mr Wenger!!

So where from here?  Well a couple of signings wouldn’t go amiss before the nightmare that is the transfer window ends, but for now I will enjoy my pint with the euphoria of a famous Arsenal win.

Up The Gunners!


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