Van Persie scores with right foot!
So maybe I was lucky, depends on how you look at it really, but I actually missed the game because I was watching Leonard Cohen in Frankfurt last night. I bought my ticket for the gig before the fixtures were announced and I was really gutted to miss the opportunity to witness the Gunners thrashing Spurs. Well it didn’t turn out like that and maybe seeing Cohen was actually less depressing than watching Arsenal fail to beat the spuds! I was getting updates from the match by phone and when I left the gig I thought we’d won! Heartbreaking.
So I won’t go into too much of a match report because I’ve only seen the goals and some highlights through the wonders of the internet, and because, well, what Arsenal fan wants to relive this any further?
Arsenal went behind to a Bentley strike from 35 yards, but came back with goals from Silvestre and Gallas to be 2-1 up, before Adebayor bundled home Nasri’s chip for 3-1. It went to 3-2 when Bent scored before Van Persie smashed home for 4-2.
At that point it should have been all over, but Arsenal snatched a draw from the jaws of victory by letting Spurs score not once but twice in the last few minutes.
It’s a really sickening result for Arsenal fans, the Gunners showed a real lack of experience and level heads to allow Spurs to get the point.
I don’t care how young our kids are, you should not let 3 points slip away against a poor team in the last 5 minutes. Shut up shop! There is a time for attractive football and a time where you should keep the ball and stop the other team from scoring at the end. Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s where you let the bloody goals in!
It’s the same old story of inexperience from Arsenal really, here’s what Wenger has had to say :
“I am angry. We have to look at ourselves and improve. The players are very down. We were two levels above Tottenham and they were there for the taking. It was damaging. The maturity problem will improve with intelligence. They will learn from their mistakes. We have to work out why that happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Sounds like the same old story to me. Arsenal had Gallas and Silvestre in the centre of defence – Are you telling me it is because of inexperience that they failed to defend? Almunia had a very bad game, he’s still a class keeper but he dropped a couple of clangers. But these things happen and he was unlucky to have 2 mistakes happen in one game. I hope he picks himself up and doesn’t let his mistakes dwell on his mind like Lehmann did.
Arsenal have to pick themselves up for the trip to Stoke on Saturday, they absolutely have to put the Spurs result out of their minds and get the 3 points, Arsenal are dropping behind in the title race and we haven’t even played any decent teams yet.