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1) To win against our North London rivals in emphatic style was just what we needed a few days before our crucial Champions League game against Montpellier. The win over Spurs will have given the team a huge boost after our frustrating 3-3 draw with Fulham. A great game, and I am sure a great day out for (almost) everybody who made it to the Emirates.
2) The 5 Arsenal goals were scored by 5 different goal-scorers, including all three of our summer signings. This is important because it really helps to highlight that we are no longer a one man team. Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud all showed why Wenger brought them to the club, Walcott is in fine form & Mertesacker’s towering header was fantastic. Per’s first goal for Arsenal couldn’t have come at a better time.
3) Olivier Giroud’s goal-scoring form continues. 5 goals in his last 6 games (1 vs Reading, 1 vs Schalke, 2 vs Fulham and 1 vs Spurs) would seem to suggest that he is settling in very nicely. Speaking in an interview last week, Olivier said that he would be very happy with 12-15 goals in his first season at Arsenal. I have a feeling that he will get there.
4) Bye bye Adebayor. He scored the opening goal, but was sent off for a hideous challenge only a few minutes later. His tackle on Cazorla was appalling – a potential ankle breaker – so he fully deserves to sit out the next few games. Spurs fans can tell themselves that with 11 the game could have been different, but thanks to Adebayor we will never know.
5) Given Arsenal’s defensive form, the game could have been different. Ignoring the Adebayor red card, even Arsenal fans will admit that when Gareth Bale scored on 70 mins most of us were seriously worried that the game was heading for 4-4. Arsenal still look a bit shaky defensively, but the good news is that offensively we were looking great and Spurs wasted their opportunities.
Arsenal have now only kept 4 clean sheets in 18 games this season in all competitions, which is pretty poor. Apart from the 1-0 win over QPR a few weeks ago, we have not kept a clean sheet since winning away at Anfield on the 2nd of September. On the plus side, we got the result that we needed and we can’t say that we haven’t seen some very exciting matches this season. The brilliant 7-4 win over Reading was only possible thanks to some terrible Arsenal defending.
*Highlights of the game will be available on Arsenal player from early tomorrow morning. However, I am sure that many of our UK readers will be tuning into Match of the Day.