Well that felt good didn’t it? Not only did we breeze past the old enemy once again on our own turf, but we dumped them out of the FA Cup to effectively end their season in January, so it would seem.
While the recent 5-2 victories over Tottenham Hotspur have proved historic occasions that will be remembered for the rest of our lives, there was something about that Arsenal win on Saturday evening that just seemed to make this result stand out.
In my opinion, it’s down to a number of aspects:
- The game had that added special feel to it due to battling it out in the FA Cup
- We managed to win the match despite a huge amount of changes and a number of absentees, again proving that our strength in depth might be better than first thought
- We never really looked like losing the match and completely put outclassed Spurs in a carnival atmosphere at the Emirates
The game is a few days old now, so we’ve all had a chance to watch it, watch it again, digest what happened, take to Twitter to analyse the thoughts of others and express our own, as well as hearing what the managers, players and pundits have had to say. So rather than boring you with my (and yet another) view of the win, I thought that I’d take a rather different angle today.
There is the old saying that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, well I’m going to prove that today with a series of images and videos from the North London derby triumph that will have you smiling all week.
Before I start though, I feel that Tomas Rosicky deserves a special mention. The boy (well he’s 33, but certainly has the energy of a child on a sugar rush running down the aisles of Toys R Us with ice cream slapped across his face) has been, in my eyes, our best player over the past month or so, and is rightly being applauded by the Gooner faithful. My good mate Dave Seager gave you plenty of reasons in his piece, which you can read HERE, as to why Rosicky deserves a new contract before his current deal expires at the end of the season, and I’m inclined to agree. I’ve sung the praises of our Little Mozart in a number of my blogs before, but he is just continuously growing and growing into a Gooner hero.
He’s just magical on and off the ball. He can pick a pass, pull off a flick and execute a wonderful finish just as well as he can charge down field, throw himself into a tackle before racing up the other end again. He just wants it, he cares so much, and he is exactly the sort of player that is a fine example to the younger players. Serge Gnabry, among others, warrants a lot of praise for a superb display on Saturday, but Super Tom Rosicky just takes the biscuit for me. Bravo Tommy, keep it going.
Anyway, on with the show:
Gunners Town Top 5: Feel-good moments from mashing the Spuds
1. Captain’s duties
Thomas Vermaelen hides the Spurs flag! CAPTAIN VERMAELEN! https://t.co/QrvzxEDLsz
— Matias Gooner (@MatiasGooner) January 4, 2014
They say that the captain should lead by example. Well Thomas Vermaelen sure did that before the game had even started. Yes this may be in reverse, but even so, the mascot still had the right idea!
2. The Tottenham man’s an Arsenal fan
Football’s worst-kept secret spilled out at the Emirates.
3. No words from Sagna
The reaction from Bacary Sagna to a pathetic shove from derby villain Emmanuel Adebayor pretty much sums up the afternoon for Spurs.
4. Theo, what’s the score? Theo, Theo, what’s the score?
Subject of verbal abuse, being pelted by objects, yet Theo Walcott remains classy and hits back in style at the Spurs supporters. As if you needed me to explain that to you. Called a “legend” by Jack Wilshere, Walcott will have his own statue outside the Emirates before long.
5. Let’s all do the Walcott
This global craze is just sublime. Our goalkeeper, and passionate Gooner, Wojciech Szczesny also got in on the act, along with millions of other Arsenal fans worldwide, known now as #Theoing.
We have a week off now until we travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League, so I suggest that you keep coming back to this piece each morning before work and seeing through the next seven days (or more) with a smile.
Thanks for reading, which was your favourite? Have you been #Theoing? Let me know on Twitter by following below.
And never forget that you’re a Gooner.
Matt has been the editor of the site since June 2012 and was born into a Gooner family 21 years ago. He recently graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Sports Journalism and strives to work in the Sports Media industry. As well as currently working as a reporter for Sports Mole and TIBS News, Matt has been providing football commentary for the visually impaired since 2008 at Arsenal, Exeter City and Wembley.
His earliest Gunners memory is watching the ‘Boring, boring Arsenal’ VHS as a six-year-old on repeat, to the extent where he could recite most of the commentary from that season. Matt was lucky enough to witness Arsenal lift the Premier League in 2002 as well as being present during the last match at Highbury in 2006, and at Dennis Bergkamp’s testimonial a few months later at the Emirates Stadium. Matt’s favourite players include Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Tony Adams, with the 5-3 comeback victory against Middlesbrough in 2004 the best match he has ever spectated.
Matt is an optimistic ’In Wenger we trust’, kind of guy and believes that the glory days are not too far away…
Apart from his editorial duties, Matt will also be bringing his Arsenal knowledge to a column called “Where Are They Now?” – which focuses on former Gunners.