1) Arsenal possessed the “mental strength” needed to come back from 2-0 down to win comfortably at the Emirates. We did the same thing against Aston Villa a few weeks ago. This is in stark contrast to last season when there were games when we were ahead and failed to hold on to our lead (2-3 vs Spurs & 4-4 vs Newcastle being the prime examples).
2) Gareth Bale is clearly been reading the Busquets guide to cheating ahead of his move to Barcelona. Sky Sports pundits are hardly known for being particularly pro-Arsenal, but even they said it wasn’t a penalty.
3) Experienced players like Tomas Rosicky and Yossi Benayoun definitely have a place in the squad even if they don’t get to feature every week. I was happy to see Rosicky named in the starting XI ahead of Ramsey (who wasn’t even included amongst the subs), but starting Yossi ahead of Gervinho or The Ox was a decision I definitely did not see coming. Rosicky’s fantastic performances this season saw him grab his first Premier League goal for more than 2 years, while I thought that Benayoun also played very well.
4) Theo Walcott may be very frustrating to watch on occasions, but we keep him in the team for moments like this. Theo can be almost invisible at times, but seems to step up in the big games. He scored in both the home and away legs of our Champions League qualifiers against Udinese, at Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and two against Sp*rs today. 8 goals & 8 assists this season are hardly the stats of a player that we should be looking to sell in the summer. Maybe a bit of competition from Oxlade-Chamberlain will help too.
5) Sp*rs fans going on about being 13 points clear was very premature. I think that looking at our recent form compared to that of Sp*urs, most pundits had this down as an away win. Once they were 2-0 up I received the usual barrage of abusive texts from fans who presumed that they would be leaving the Emirates with all three points, but I think they probably feel pretty stupid now. Next week is very important as Sp*rs are at home to Manchester United (without Scott Parker), and we are heading to Anfield. There is the potential to close the gap to just 4 points, but also to slip back to being 10 points behind.
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