Sp*rs 0-1 Arsenal: The Guff


A 1-0 win over the old enemy yesterday. Here’s some of the reaction from the press and the blogs.

This victory, secured by Tomas Rosicky’s sumptuous early blast, brimmed with significance and one benefit was that it moved them clear of Tottenham in fifth – the margin is now nine points. They look certain to renew their membership of the Champions League elite for another year. – David Hytner, Guardian.

No doubt that Arsène will look at the performance critically and be concerned how deeply his team retreated. Popular mythology will no doubt have Tottenham pinning them back but that wasn’t the case; Arsenal were comfortable in letting their opponents have the ball, perhaps confident that it would amount to little threat. – A Cultured Left Foot.

The work rate of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky was impressive, with Mathieu Flamini’s and Thomas Vermaelen’s deployment key in the second half as Wenger tried to hold what he had — evidence that a manager who has long promoted fantasy football is finally appreciating the beauty of an attritional victory. – Kevin Palmer, ESPN.

On this evidence Sherwood has not lost the dressing room but is instead leading it very eagerly and at high speed down a dead-end country lane with a crate full of energy drinks in the boot of the car. – Barney Ronay, Guardian.

Those last two years, when Arsenal beat Spurs by one position and one point into Champions League qualification, looked far away on Sunday. So did the corresponding fixture one year ago when Spurs won 2-1 and Andre Villas-Boas, at the high-point of his tenure and seven points clear of his rivals, condemned Arsenal’s “negative spiral”. Since then the two teams have spiralled in different directions entirely. – Jack Pitt-Brooke, Independent.

In many sectors of the media, yesterday’s performance will be branded as “hanging on” or “backs to the wall”. In all honesty; I can’t say I was especially comfortable throughout, nor was I particularly nervous. I resided in a state of football purgatory where my emotions cancelled each other out, leaving a stark, listless stare on my face as I awaited the jubilation of a confirmed result. When that moment arrived, glorious elation swept over me. There is little that feels as good as beating Tottenham. – The Armchair Gooner.

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