Thursday 21st April 2011
As disappointing as it was to yet again walk away with just the one point from a winning position there is no doubt last night was a simply awesome football match. I also believe that if we don't win the league it is not results like a point away at Spurs that I will look back on as where we fell short.
There was every chance we would see a derby with lots of goals I felt, when a win was so important for both sides. Even I however, couldn't have predicted three inside the first quarter of an hour!
In my opinion we completely controlled and dominated the first half, so much so that a two-goal lead at the very least could not have been described as lucky come the break. Consequently only taking a one-goal lead in presented an extremely easy team talk to our hosts. We could have been out of sight and I think they knew it.
Spurs had more of the second half admittedly but we always looked dangerous and the most disappointing thing for me is we conceded the penalty at a time where we looked very comfortable.
With both teams coming close to grabbing a winner in the latter stages it could have been worse as well as a whole lot better. Overall however, I left relatively proud that our team went there to win, had a real go at them and worked their socks off for the red and white.
A draw doesn't really do either side many favours but unlike a defeat I feel, it just about keeps us in with a shout as we head off for yet another tough away game at Bolton.
One thing is for sure, it really has reached the stage now where anything less than a win would rid us of all hope.
Taking a massive consolation from last night I would like to finish by mentioning the Spurs contingent contributing to the radio show we listened to as we battled through the North London traffic. There will always be a healthy historical and geographical rivalry between our two teams but over the last 20 years or so other areas of our season have been far more important to us Gooners. To use an old adage we have simply had 'bigger fish to fry'.
There is no doubt the current crop from the Lane are probably their best for the above period or longer, a season in the Champions League and battling for another testament to that fact. Yet the radio show was full of their fans stating it was their biggest game of the season again, or their 'cup final' if you like and giving it large that they were about to do the League double over us for the first time in decades.
Well, as we continue in our battle to try and win the League and you in yours to cling on to Champions League football, you have played us three times this season. With a record of won one, lost one and drawn one, that wait goes on I'm afraid.
See you at the Reebok.
FrankCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Apr 2011