By Chris Toronyi
Sunday morning was a masterclass performance from The Arsenal and the supporters.
As usual I woke up and followed the game on my phone. I currently don't have the mental capacity to watch it live (as most of you know), but did catch it later in the day on replay. So my review is a combination of the emotion felt while following on my phone and later in the day pre-Oscars at a pub in Hollywood.
The first half was an amazing showcase of never-say-die, somewhat controlled passing and the will to deliver an effort that supporters would be proud of. Yes, we were blown apart at times in the first 35 minutes, but the last 10 minutes we turned a mental corner. We showed something that the manager of our great club had been saying about this team. Fight. Mental toughness. Desire.
It was an amazing display to end the first half. Our first coming from an unlikely source, but Sagna's positioning showed how much we wanted - and needed to get a goal before half time. Was it aggressive play? Absolutely. But you know what, it was Arsenal. It was a beautiful thumping header - which isn't Arsenal. It was an incredible relief to get what we deserved.
The second. Oh, the second goal. Do we really need to discuss? I think not. If you're not subscriber to Arsenal Player, you had best sign-up just so you have the opportunity to watch it over and over and over and over. And over. I'll be right back as I check it out one more time...
Now, by this time in the game it was closing in on 6:30am out here in Los Angeles. And yes, I was still following the game on my phone, in bed. There was a quiet confidence growing within me at the half, and no doubt it was seen and heard in the dressing room as well. And boy did that confidence show. Our passing was crisp, our recovery was sublime and our finishing was brilliant. Tomas had a beauty and Theo delivered two brilliantly-finished goals.
But I have to say, Song's pass to Theo was just as beautiful as the goal itself. I really love watching Song play this year. He's so in control. He's the keystone to our defensive play and I love knowing we have him holding the midfield and keeping the calm.
Now I've been proud. I've been joyful. And I've been excited. But man, to experience each of those emotions together has been a long time coming. Yes, Sunderland almost packaged them together, but this one was the NLD. A result that will forever be remembered.
And best of all, it will forever remembered by the Spurs fan that was watching the replay with me at the pub in Hollywood. We didn't speak except but for a simple "hello." But did I ever enjoy watching her go from elation to complete sadness.
Man, if I had only recorded her expressions on my phone.
February 22: Anger is beautiful
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 8: A welcome display
February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game
'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every Thursday evening at ArsenalAmerica.com. You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter.
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