Date: 17th March 2014 at 7:25am
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Arsenal and Tottenham battled out a nervous North London derby yesterday with the Gunners running out eventual winners courtesy of a 2nd minute Tomas Rosicky stunner.

Truth be told, Arsenal were never really at the races despite an excellent start after Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky thundered Arsene`s Army into the lead as early as the 2nd minute with an absolute screamer from the angle of the penalty area following some neat work by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It could have been two not long after as The Ox again broke the Spurs last line of defence to race through one-on-one with Lloris. However the Englishman attempted to dink the ball over the onrushing keeper when the best option would have been to either bend it round the stopper or pass to a better placed Podolski. The outcome appeared to be a mixture of shot and pass that accomplished neither.

For some reason this period of play sent Tiny Tim catatonic and the “mental” manager (Spurs fans words, not mine) indulged in a spot of body-warmer abuse that will have the RSPCG up in arms this morning.

After that Arsenal struggled to find top gear, or any offensive gear for that matter.

However this Arsenal team is made of different stuff, and where previous Arsenal sides might have buckled under the pressure, marshalled by Koscielny and BFG the red and white unit defended stoutly, allowing Spurs to resort to lumping in cross after cross to no real effect.

The only real danger moments came when Chesney failed to adequately collect a cross allowing the ball to fall at the feet of Chadli. With the Pole stranded in no-man`s land the Spurs man had the simple task of rifling the ball home.

However outstanding pressure from Kos and the BFG saw the Frenchman make the block.

Adebayor also had his obligatory chance with a header he really should have done better with, but pressure from Mertesacker saw him head wide.

The performance might not have been what we were looking for, but I`m certain there was a game plan to sit back and soak up the pressure from a creatively bereft Spurs. Despite one or two nervous moments, that part of the plan worked perfectly, it was the wasteful possession going forward that was disappointing, with Arsenal managing the lowest number of passes within 90 minutes for many many years.

But this was 3 points well earned, and even better was that it was 3 points against Spurs. At their place. When they played the best they`ve played in months. And we played badly. That`s always pretty satisfying.

So that`s the treble completed over Spurs this season and now we can concentrate on the big game against Chelsea on Saturday. Win that one and the title challenge is well and truly on.



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