Afraid of Sp*rs? Hell No. Is This Gooner Mad?

Sp*rs

Am I mad not to fear Tottenham???

This is kind of like a preview-preview, so to speak. It’s still a little while before we play that lot, but as a Gooner I detest that lot with a passion. So I’m relaying something I’ve been thinking of late.
For now, I want to ask this.

Am I weird or mad for not fearing Spurs?

This is the best Spurs team to visit us in Premier League history. That seems hyperbolic, but I think it’s true. Man for man though, they are not a better team than us.

Despite them being more gelled than we are, and more cohesive as a unit, they are pretty much without the successes we have.

Cech Lloris

Cech and Lloris are pretty much on the same level for me, but then Cech has had a far more glorious career. Lloris is as prone to making errors as Cech, though he has done better at international level (Euro 16 final).

Alderweireld, Verthonghen, Rose, Sanchez, Trippier, etc. are all good defenders. As a unit, they are arguably the best out there in England currently. But individually, Kos, Per, Mustafi, and even Holding and Chambers, have achieved more. Per has won the World Cup, as did Mustafi (and Ozil of course). Koscielny like Lloris was a Euro 2016 runner-up. Holding/Chambers were in the recent U21/U23 England successes. Individually then, are they really better?

Our midfields hold different configurations and strengths. Ours is designed for technicality, whilst theirs is rooted in strength, power, and pressing. But in terms of career/achievements, Xhaka, Ramsey, even Elneny and Wilshere, are the betters in many ways of Dembele, Wanyama, or Sissoko. They are a midfield better suited to the contemporary nature of the Premier League, but they are not better in terms of their scope in the game.

Ozil Alli

Attack, well – Sanchez (despite him going soon) is world class. Ozil on his day is, and Alli this season has been as erratic. Eriksen is decent, granted, as is Son. Though even Iwobi has been named as the Young African Player of the Year, and Elneny reached the AFCON final (losing to Cameroon). Kane is the best English striker, without question. Lacazette is not far behind, and doing well in his first season. Giroud is pretty much second choice now, but has done well for France. Welbeck too, bad finishing notwithstanding, is no slouch let’s be fair for club or country (whether Arsenal or Man United).

Our squad is better, let’s be frank. And their manager, despite not winning anything in his career, is more progressive and hungry than Wenger.

So…..are they really better? Better is relative, but “better” here is not rooted in success, achievements, or overall quality.

Tottenham in a way is like Arsenal under George Graham. We had many good players, but in some ways we were more than the sum of our parts. Pochettino has done well, considering Spurs’ comparatively smaller budgets, to get a decent (and comically trophyless) team.

But this hysteria of how they will “smash us”, or “demolish us”, is pretty weird and odd in my honest view. They are better coached/drilled, but man for man not superior to us. We CAN beat them, and their results/performances have not been that better than ours.

The Champions League in fairness has been good for them. But the league has been mixed. They’ve struggled in some games, and haven’t always been at their best. Their fellow top-six results have been mixed too. They smashed Liverpool, but then lost at “home” to Chelsea, and away to Man United. We have a draw at Chelsea, mixed with defeats at Liverpool and City.

Kane

Their mouth-breather is a threat.

So it’s on a par. And this “Tottenham love” from GOONERS of all people is pretty pathetic, and sad (in the colloquial and Standard English senses). Yes, they are the best they’ve been for a generation. But they are the enemy. And they are not perfect. They struggled to beat Palace. They drew at home to Swansea (we didn’t, did we?) They lost to Chelsea (we didn’t). And they lost at home, with a decent first eleven, in the League Cup to West Ham (whom we face of course soon).

Kane is their major, though not sole, threat of course. But they are NOT perfect. And they can be beaten.

And look, it’s been a while since we beat them in the league. It was the Rosicky wonder-goal at their old place, which was the last time in the league anyhow. We are perhaps owed a win, or it will be our time due to the law of averages. And if we’re on it, we can do it.

And they’re not fools. They know their record at our place is shit. They’ve only won at Arsenal (both Highbury and the Emirates) three times in over THIRTY YEARS. Yes, it’s true. We’ve beaten them at their place far more times than that, in both league and cup, over the same period. They also know that Lacazette, Ozil, Alexis, and our entire team are a threat. And that Wenger is NOW starting to be tactically able. He messed up at City, but did formulate a plan all the same. He did such successfully at Chelsea, and I’m sure will look to improve in coming games.

Wenger Pocchetino

So let’s not lose heart. To end on a positive, Pochettino may be the darling, but Wenger despite his detractors still wins things. I wonder if Poch would trade his media love for an FA Cup or two. Or I should say seven, since the darling of the media has no legendary FA Cup stats like our “past it and maligned” manager does…..

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4 Responses to Afraid of Sp*rs? Hell No. Is This Gooner Mad?

  1. The Gunner November 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    dude. I’m also a Gunner but let’s face facts: Tottenham are better than us as of now. Our defense and midfield are frail and prone to getting disorganized on the counter as opposed to theirs. Alexis and Özil’s body languages clearly show that they wanna walk out of the club come January; the City game proved that to me. Wenger and the board are still as clueless and as useful as a slingshot to a tank. Face it, Arsenal are not even fit to finish in the top four

    • Marble Halls TV November 18, 2017 at 6:27 am #

      I don’t think their players in technique, achievements, or quality are better inividually. They are just better gelled, that’s all. i’m positive that if we had Poch, we would be miles ahead of them still.

  2. Victor Thompson November 13, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    You make many points in your article, but the most meaningful one is “they are better coached/drilled than us”. That is the difference that means so much. It will get them more points than us because they are harder to beat and more lethal at scoring goals.

    They are however dependent on one man much more than we are. When Harry Kane is injured, they are a much less effective team. Other than that, they are a tighter unit than us and they all seem to know what to do when they have the ball. They also have little pockets of partnerships throughout the side, they group in 2,s and 3,s just as Pep`s teams do but they rely more on physical strength and speed rather than smooth passing and Guards – like formation and precision. That is why they are better than the sum of their individual parts.

    Our coaching is several levels below the top 4 teams and “The Gunner” is right that we are fighting for 4th place with Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool and realistically, Liverpool is the only one of those that we may be able to finish above. We will be lucky to reach 4th place. Even if we had 11 first class players to field; without a plan to work to or coaching to ensure that we do, we will never get back to competing for the title. As long as Kroenke is satisfied with Wenger, we will always lack the coaching required for that level.

    • Marble Halls TV November 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

      I agree they’re sharper and better drilled. I just do NOT agree with this “fear” of them. I would only ever concede they are better if they they win the league and we finished 7th or 8th, or they win more trophies than us over an extended period. They are not unbeatable, and on their day they can be beaten, or struggle, as they have numerous times this season.

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