Arsenal went back into 4th place today after sticking five goals past the cheating, hapless Scummers at the Emirates today.
The Gunners couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start conceding to Louis Saha in the 5th minute. Quite why there was so much space down the middle of our defence so early in the game is anybody’s guess, but Saha had some luck when his goal deflected in off Vermaelen and over Szczesny. 0-1.
Arsenal responded quite well, however, dominating the possession and trying to fashion chances. They should have been level when Robin van Persie fired a volley just wide and for the most part Arsenal took the game to their cuntstrous opponents.
However, a Luka Modric pass played Gareth Bale through on goal, he got ahead of Gibbs then when Szczesny came out he dived, Mike Dean bought it and gave Sp*rs the penalty. Emmanuel Adebayor tucked it away to make it 0-2.
We’ve seen Arsenal go into their shells in the past, but not this time. Again they pressed Sp*rs, van Persie hit the post after a nice Walcott flick set him up, and when Arteta got the ball back in it was attacked by Bacary Sagna who thumped home a header past Freidel. 1-2.
A few moments later we were level after a world class finish from the captain. Sp*rs failed to clear, van Persie got it on the edge of the box, turned one way, back onto his left foot, curled it all the way fucking home. 2-2.
And if Sp*rs thought that Arsenal’s response was temporary, they were wrong. Half-time provided a brief respite but in the second we picked up just where left off.
In the 51s minute Tomas Rosicky drove at the Sp*rs defence, kept going and when Sagna’s cross took a small deflection he was there to nick the ball past Freidel at the near post. 3-2. It was a fantastic finish from a guy who hadn’t scored a league goal for over two years and no less than Arsenal deserved.
Then it became the Theo Walcott show. Arsenal’s all round play was fantastic but to Walcott had a game of two halves is something of an understatement. Nothing much went right for him in the first half, but when Arsenal broke in the 65th minute and Robin van Persie found his storming run, Walcott’s coolly clipped finish over Freidel made it 4-2 to Arsenal.
Just three minutes later Theo made it 5-2, shooting across Freidel after Alex Song’s excellent pass helped him beat the offside trap.
At that point it was all over, Sp*rs were broken, Harry sat twitching forlornly on the bench, and Arsenal just played keep ball. When they did have it they resorted to long distance efforts which didn’t trouble Szczesny.
Late on Scott Parker got a second yellow card for a foul on Vermaelen and because Arsenal won by three goals we go back into 4th place.
For all the trauma of the cup defeats you have to say this was a fantastic response from the lads. Supposedly our worst team for a generation sticking five past their best team that anyone can ever remember.
If we’re going to criticise when things go wrong, we have to give props when we get things as right as we did today. Some pride has been restored and we’ve reminded them that cannon > chicken on a basketball. The cunts.
I love football today.