When watching your team play, it is often the case that rational thinking goes out the window, leaving behind raw unadulterated emotion.
That was precisely what happened this past Saturday, when our North London rivals came visiting. Yes, every win is worth exactly three points, but for most of us Gooners, there are few victories celebrated with as much joy and ecstasy as one over Spurs.
Never mind that we had a terrible start to the game. Never mind that our defence made errors that led to the two goals conceded. Never mind that some will point to us having a numerical advantage for over an hour.
For now, we will simply enjoy. And there were MANY things to enjoy from this game.
First of all, there was Adebayor’s dismissal. There is no love lost between us Gooners and our former player, especially after THAT celebration while he was in the colours of Man City. Adebayor’s reckless challenge earned him a far different sort of journey across the field, and I (amongst many others) was delighted that it was him who had contributed to our cause.
Secondly, there was the restored fluidity to our game. We stroked the ball around with far more confidence, which seemed to be missing in our past few games. The neat triangles, the cross-field passes, the incisive through balls; all those were on display in our onslaught on the Spurs goal.
Thirdly, the five goals. Scored by five different players, there was something delightful about each time we hit the back of the net. We had Per scoring his first for us with an emphatic leveller, Poldi’s effort deflecting in off our former player Gallas, and Cazorla picking himself up before crossing for Giroud to slide home the third.
Our Spanish wizard then converted a magnificent fourth after superb linkup play between Giroud, Walcott, and Podolski, and Theo put the icing on the cake with the fifth in injury time to mirror the scoreline in the same fixture last season.
Fourthly, AVB’s insistence that his side had dominated the game; I feel nothing can top Wenger’s reply to that: “If our opponents are in control from the first to the last minute and we win 5-2, then I don’t mind too much.” Just brilliant.
We were certainly not in a crisis as was previously suggested, and likewise this win doesn’t mean we are back to our very best. But we did leapfrog our opponents on the day, and things are looking a lot rosier than they were before those 90 minutes played out.
Gooners will be riding on an emotional high this week, and the hope is that it will be the same for the players. More spirited displays like this one, and we could very well turn around what had been a depressing November.
This has been probably the most enjoyable column piece to write, and it’s true what they say: time does fly when you’re enjoying yourself. I thought it was still early, but it’s already five to two!
Come on you Gunners!
Aaron has been an Arsenal fan since the mid 90's, and is currently a member of Arsenal Singapore, the official Arsenal supporters' club in Singapore. He is also a passionate Lions supporter, and he still dreams of seeing Singapore compete in the World Cup someday.