Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud
Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Monreal, Flamini, Zelalem, Gnabry, Sanogo
Arsenal put in a performance to silence some of the doubters with a 1-0 win over Sp*rs at the Emirates today.
There was an early blow for Arsene Wenger as Bacary Sagna was taken ill overnight and dropped to the bench with Carl Jenkinson continuing at right back with Laurent Koscielny back in the centre of the defence.
Santi Cazorla had the first effort of the game, drawing a fine save from Lloris with a free kick that was going into the top corner. From the resulting corner Giroud headed over after rising highest.
A couple of minutes later the Spaniard almost scored, again from a free kick. He drove the ball low under the wall and saw it fizz just wide of the post with Lloris well beaten.
Sp*rs found good space in wide areas, and new signing Roberto Soldado saw his goal-bound shot blocked by Per Mertesacker. The visitors had plenty of possession and pressed Arsenal high up the pitch, not allowing the home side to get any kind of rhythm going.
But in the 23rd minute we went ahead. Arsenal moved it brilliantly through midfield with Cazorla and Ramsey, it was played wide to Walcott who had a sight of goal, but he squared the ball to the onrushing Oliver Giroud who poked it home at the near post. 1-0.
Giroud then put in great defensive work, allowing Ramsey to set up Walcott for a shot from a tight angle which Lloris pushed away. At the other end Szczesny was down quickly to stop a Townsend shot at his near post, while Aaron Ramsey skewed a shot over the bar after good play from Cazorla and Walcott.
Townsend tested Szczesny again with a low shot which the Arsenal keeper did well to hold, before Arsenal suffered another blow when Jack Wilshere picked up an injury. He was replaced by new old signing Mathieu Flamini, and the teams went in level at the break.
The second half began in cagey fashion with Flamini booked for a strong, but fair, challenge on some piss-drinking wankblaster, and Ramsey penalised for a fair tackle high up the pitch in the Sp*rs half. The scummers continued to cheat around the pitch, with Kyle Walker falling over to win them a free kick in a dangerous area, but the Gunners got it clear.
Olivier Giroud saw a decent effort deflect just wide after a great Cazorla break but Sp*rs had more of the ball and upped it to try and find the equaliser. It meant they left space in behind and Giroud almost found Walcott but Lloris was out quickly again to snuff out the danger.
Sp*rs then lost Capoue to injury, replacing him and Townsend with Lamela and Sandro, before Wojciech Szczesny kept Arsenal in it. The keeper got down at full stretch to a deflected shot, followed by a massive penalty box scramble which ended up as an Arsenal goal kick.
It was almost 2-0 in the 79th minute. Giroud did brilliantly down our right hand side, he got past Sandro, pulled it back for Walcott who was again denied by a Lloris save.
Nacho Monreal replaced Tomas Rosicky as Arsene Wenger looked to shore things up, then in 5 minutes of injury time took off Walcott and replaced him with Sagna.
Sp*rs piled on the pressure in the final few minutes with all manner of goalmouth action and clearances but Arsenal were committed and strong, none more so than Giroud who put in a massive shift.
In the end we hung on and won the game.
Arsenal one, £100m nil.13,534 views