Arsenal 2 (Cazorla 31, Rosicky 62) – Sp*rs 0
Man of the Match – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Arsenal had the undesired task of showing their neighbors where exactly they stand in the scheme of things, in North London supremacy, and completed the task rather easily. Deluded Sp*rs fans showed their ugly side yet again at the frustration of being second best to Arsenal, for the nth time.
Arsene Wenger made several changes to the side, with Lukasz Fabianski replacing compatriot Wojciech Szczesny. Captain Thomas Vermaelen started alongside Laurent Koscielny, while there were starts for Nacho Monreal, Tomas Rosicky and Serge Gnabry as well. Theo Walcott started up front, with the devastating Ju Young Park on the bench.
As in any other North London derby, this one too started at a quick pace, with both sides creating some early chances. Sagna had to be alert to block a shot from Belgian international Moussa Dembele, before Theo Walcott got ahead of a Gnabry pass in the Sp*rs final third.
Danish international, Cristian Eriksen had a great chance to put Sp*rs into the lead, but Fabianski made an easy save, while his counterpart, Hugo Lloris had to scramble to push the ball out of danger off a Walcott effort. Walcott and Gnabry then had back to back efforts, which went narrowly wide.
Vermaelen looked in his usual combative form, picking a yellow for a foul on his countryman Dembele, before sliding in on Spanish penalty expert Roberto Soldado in a neat tackle. Arsenal were racking the pressure with more efforts. A Cazorla effort just whizzed past. Serge Gnabry was tormenting the Sp*rs defence, and he set up Walcott, whose shot was saved by Lloris, while setting up the unmarked Monreal would have been a better option for the England striker.
It didn’t matter though. The scoreboard would read 1-0 as Serge Gnabry set up Cazorla, who scored past Lloris, with a beautifully angled shot. After that it was a case of Sp*rs trying to hold back an incisive and creative Arsenal side, by committing fouls and forcing errors. Jack Wilshere was repeatedly fouled, with little punishment to the offenders.
Vermaelen was forced off at the start of the second half with a gash on his knee, Mertesacker replacing him. The second half was more even, with Sp*rs managing to create some chances, Soldado and Greedybayor displaying some signs of creativity.
Gnabry was at it again, as he set up Walcott, but the forward could only find the side netting, having rounded Lloris. And, then, 2-0. Danny Rose was caught casually with the ball near the half way line, and the enterprising Tomas Rosicky nicked it off his feet, ran half the length of the pitch, with Sp*rs defenders chasing him like headless chickens. The Czech made Lloris look like an idiot, chipping the ball over the French international keeper. His delight at scoring was there for everyone to see. You just got to love this guy!
Arsene Wenger used this cushion to bring on Flamini and Ozil in place of Wilshere and Arteta, because you know, Sp*rs are a pretty ordinary side. There were some penalty incidents, involving Monreal, Walker and then Cazorla, all of which were waived off by Mark Clattenburg.
Arsenal were forced to play the final 10 minutes, with 10 men on the pitch, as Walcott injured his knee, as he fell awkwardly on to the pitch. As he was carried off by the stewards, Sp*rs fans showed their typically low standards by opting to throw coins, cans and general garbage. Walcott responded displaying the scoreline. Oh, poor poor Sp*rs. Always in our shadow.
Tim Sherwood, the Sp*rs manager, and an Arsenal fan, was unable to inspire his useless expensive bunch of laggards to mount a serious attack against Arsenal’s 10 men. Ozil almost added some icing but Lloris saved yet again.
In the end, it was a rather comfortable 2-0 win for Arsenal. Arsenal were again given the unfortunate task of again reminding Sp*rs how far they are from even matching the Gunners.
Serge Gnabry showed what a fantastic talent he is. His pace, and running through the channels, ability to beat defenders (even if it is just Sp*rs) was of the highest order. Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla look like they are coming to their best with some energetic sparkling performances. Arsenal proved defensively they are still a formidable side. Vermaelen had a good game before being substituted.
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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