4 Things We Learned From Arsenal’s Victory Over Tottenham

By on September 1, 2013

As Arsenal edged a tense north London derby 1-0 at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, Gunner333 gives us 4 things we can learn from the game.

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The game began at high intensity and it seemed like we were in for another open end-to-end game. Both teams were creating chances before the breakthrough came just before the hour mark when Giroud finished off Walcott’s pull-back. It was the Frenchman’s fourth in five as his red hot form continued.

Quality defending in the final 45 minutes prevented a repeat of Arsenal’s high-scoring victories [5-2] in the past two seasons. The return of Koscielny played a key part in our good work at the back.

With the game reaching it’s end, it was clear to see Tottenham’s big spending had not benefited the club in this well-fought affair. We hung on and now sit fourth – level on points and goal-difference with Tottenham.

Here I highlight 4 things I feel we can learn from this game.

1. We Can See Out A Game

Sunday was a prime example of how we’ve changed. As the clock ticked down, we were not concerned about going for another goal and instead used our newly improved defensive abilities to stay in control….just! To repeat this in future big clashes could prove to be vital. We seem to have learned how to see out a game and not panic at the back when under pressure.

2. Squad Depth Clearly An Issue

Despite the victory, few Gooners would be ignorant enough to see the lack of quality on the subs bench. Both Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem were among the subs, proving we still do not have that experience needed on the bench to change games. To join the elite group of teams across Europe such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, we must spend to add to our ranks before the window closes.

3. Final Ball Was Poor At Times

Our passing in the final third and that killer final ball were poor at times. We had opportunities on the break to kill the game off only for the final pass to let us down. We did play some wonderful stuff at times as well, particularly when Walcott was put through in the first half only for Lloris to make an excellent last ditch tackle, but on the whole our final ball needs to improve.

4. Wenger the ‘Economist’ To Finally Spend?

Wenger’s prudent approach in the window is well known and his reluctance to spend over his ‘valuation’ has seen us miss out on a number of players in the past. The Spurs game showed we can grind out a result but the players were out on their feet at the final whistle and we need reinforcement.

The boss is under pressure to spend on deadline day and while we’re being linked with the likes of Mesut Ozil, I hope we don’t see a re-occurrence of two years ago when we panic bought three players in 24 hours, including a certain Andre Santos for £6.8m.

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6 Comments

  1. Cheestar

    September 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Such a grt game we had 2day, i’m proud of d entire team. I blv we can make some qaulity signings b4 d deadline 2mao.

  2. Howard

    September 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    “With the game reaching it’s end, it was clear to see Tottenham’s big spending had not benefited the club in this well-fought affair”

    Poor evaluation! They had 7 different players on the pitch from last season and they are still bonding. We beat this team 1-0 at home and played on the counter attack! Spurs also dominated possession! I’m happy with the win imagine if we played them in 2 months time. Arsene needs to buy.

    • Davenug

      September 2, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Good, unbiased comment Howard. These tottenham newbies barely know where their lockers are and would probably call the police if you said “Spotted Dick”. In 2 months time, let us take serious measure. But I must say, for all the hoopla Townsend is getting, he’s a ball hog and repeatedly missed great chances to slide the ball into the box for Soldado, preferring to repeatedly “go it alone”. That’s OK when it’s one arrow of many in your quiver, but not when it’s the only arrow.

      • Davenug

        September 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

        In fact, there is a pattern forming with the tottenham left and right wides (Townsend & Chadli) … they both like to cut in and rip 20 yard shots off their good foot. AVB will have to teach them there is more to the attacking game than that. Probably why he kept after Lamela and Erickson after he saw these two in their first couple of games. Dembele is a question mark, too (stage que: enter Erickson).

  3. Allan1340

    September 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Be sure he is the same guy and no change I don’t expect that we spend like crazy but this is also wrong at wait to long when we know that we need player to strength our squad I really don’t understand what this man is thinking???!!!!! Waiting until last minute to bring player ????? I want ask him that even he want to buy 2 or 3 player isn’t it better he bring them earlier then they can learn the other player better????? And even the price is higher in last minute of transfer window because you are the needy one nor the seller!!!!!!!!! I don’t know maybe we all are stupid and he is the clever one!!!!!!!!!!!????

    • Michael Staley

      September 2, 2013 at 12:16 am

      There is clearly something to what you say, Allan1340. In an ideal world you would buy early and have your players gaining familiarity with each other during pre-season. Arsenal dod make moves for players such as Higuain, Roonet and Suarez, but they didn’t come off.

      On the other hand, there are now players becoming available at the end of the Window who weren’t available before, so buying late might work out better in this instance.

      We’ve already got a great team that are playing well together, and with just a few more judicious reinforcements our season can really catch fire.

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