Us vs. Them
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
18th Nov. 2017 – Emirates Stadium preview
They’re coming here.
That’s right, the club with fewer trophies than us.
The club with far less league titles than us.
The club with a far smaller turnover and global fanbase than us.
But I love that they:
– claim to be a bigger club but with far less trophies than us
– have far less fans
– have smaller revenues
– have a smaller global brand
– have far less records in English and global football
– have less league titles
– have no trophies since 2008 and no decent trophies since 1991. And yes, the league cup is a recognised major trophy. But then I agree, as a tangent, with the notion that the league cup should be abolished.
But there is more:
– I love how they say we bungled our way into the then first division in 1919 but there has never been evidence of this then or now. Any such records would be long destroyed or placed in an obscure archive somewhere. We moving to “Tottenham territory” is moot since I never knew they owned the freehold to the upper part of Islington…..
– That we played boring football under graham so we cannot gloat over Wenger’s sexy football. Well we won things that spurs hadn’t in decades, like league titles. To use a modern example Chelsea in 2015 were boring but they won the league and league cup (beating them no less for the latter). Many would argue that sport in any form is primarily about winning and competing, and we did that. It’s a shame for them at least that a team with Gazza and Lineker (two world class players and all time English greats) only won an FA Cup. They beat us in the semi but we won the league.
– They laugh at us for our top player s leaving when Alderweireld won’t sign his deal. Alli and Kane may still leave. Modric, Bale, Berbatov, Carrick didn’t play for then? Even Teddy left for better things a long time ago. As did Sol…. (haha) And Walker. Though we are more resilient since they crumbled when Bale left. We didn’t when van Persie joined United. We sustained our top four place, they didn’t.
– How Mr. Levy goes on about how his new ground will have stands closer to the pitch and how Gazidis never mentions a word about them. Neither do Sir Chips nor Kroenke. They have an obsession with us that runs deep, yet we don’t see them in the same way.
Spurs are to Arsenal as Everton is to Liverpool. Or even Internazionale to AC Milan. All big clubs, I guess, in their own rights, but Liverpool and AC Milan have better achievements than Everton and Inter.
But wanting to mean business is one thing. Their manager is the darling now, but our manager who is past it and maligned actually still wins things. And he is seemingly getting more tactically adept. It didn’t pay off at City, but who knows, it could vs. the Scum.That said this club which is now the number three club in London (behind ourselves and Chelsea), is playing well currently. We were, admittedly, fortunate to finish above them in 15/16, and in 16/17 they finally broke their longstanding duck of falling below us in the table. Kane is the best English striker by a long distance, whilst Alli, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, and Lloris are all decent players. This is NOT the Spurs of 10-15 years ago. They want to mean business now but are they really stepping out of our shadow media, after one finish above us in 21 seasons?
These for me are the pressing issues here:
- Tottenham look good, but they’re not all that
They did beat Real Madrid well. And have been OK in the Premier League thus far. But many of their league wins have not been convincing. The Palace one wasn’t. And they lost to West Ham in the League Cup. So they are good, but not insurmountable.
If we’re on it, we can beat them.
He’s done well yet again and surely now is England’s lock-in striker. But Wenger can prove his value, and try to nullify him. Son and Alli score goals, but not to Kane’s rate. He is their chief threat, but it’s an opportunity for Kos and the other defenders to step up.
- Their midfield
Wanyama, Dembele, and Dier, are all strong and technical midfielders. However, we also have capable midfielders, who on their day can match them. Xhaka and Ramsey need to be on it, as well as Coquelin if he starts.
- Their defence
If we play Lacazette, Alexis, Ozil, or even Iwobi (with a great goal vs. Argentina of all teams) we can do something here. Collectively, they have the best defence, but they’re not perfect. They know they have to be on their game to get something here.
Wenger tried to get something tactically from City game, and it didn’t work. However, he did still try, and this in a way is commendable. Nonetheless, he needs to do similar vs. the Scum, and ensure that we nullify them all over the pitch. As as he says the team needs to stay lucid and calm.
We should in my mind play a system that utilises strong midfield cover:
Midfield is arguably their strength, but then if we can out-match them, we can get the win.
Arsenal 2-1 Scum
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It’s about time we got a win against this lot. And I believe we can here.