Date: 26th February 2012 at 7:39pm
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I don`t think it would be unfair to say that most Arsenal fans weren`t very optimistic going into today`s North London derby, indeed many would have probably been quite happy with 1 point from this stressful match.

So coming away from the match with not just the 3 points, but with a complete sense of humiliating our North London neighbours is quite a delightful shock more than anything.

The result and performance itself offered something of a wake-up call for many people connected with the North London area.

First of all it should serve as a timely reminder to our players of just what they can achieve with a little hard work, commitment and belief. All too often we`ve watched our player coast through games not believing we can actually win.

A loss for our team sees us struggle for weeks at a time, but what they need to realise is that what happened in the past has no bearing on the future. We can apply ourselves and beat the best teams. Massive victories against Chelsea and now 5pur2 are proof of that.

The second wake-up call needs to be for us fans. From a personal perspective, I`m still of the opinion that our current set-up isn`t the right one to take us forward for the foreseeable future, however when alls said and done fighting for fourth place, no matter how much of a step back it might appear to be, is not the worst position in the world to be in.

The third and final wake-up call, and arguably the most enjoyable one of all, is the wake-up to the Tottenham fans, which have been crowing hard and long this season about the shift in power between North London clubs.

It`s still going to be a tough task to overhaul Spurs this season, but they impressive way we battered Tottenham from pillar to post today should go someway to knocking them down a peg or two.

The fact that, Spurs, with the best team they`ve have in years, could be so utterly embarrassed by the apparent worst team we`ve had under Wenger should put some people in their place.

Me included.