Date: 10th February 2018 at 5:15pm
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Arsene Wenger admitted his side could not afford to lose the north London derby after Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham left Arsenal clinging onto their top-four ambitions.

Spurs got the better of their neighbours as Kane headed home after half-time to secure a 1-0 Wembley victory which moved the hosts seven points clear of the Gunners in the Premier League table.

Arsenal could be eight points off the top four, and a return to the Champions League, if results go against them over the weekend.

“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose, of course,” manager Wenger said. “That makes it much more difficult now but we have to fight for as long as we have a mathematical chance. There was more at stake than just the derby. That’s why it’s so disappointing to lose the game in the way we lost it.

“I think the game should have been finished at half-time for me. We missed opportunities on counter-attacks that are not missable at our level.

“In the second half, we should have lost the game by more than one goal at the start of the second half. We were destabilised by the goal they scored and they had two or three more opportunities that they could have scored.”

PA Sport

There was some gurning chump of  Spurs fan on the TV earlier who punctuated every line he spoke with ‘power shift’ as if he was a mobster that had just witnessed the JFK assassination.

Truth be told, Arsenal have pretty much failed to survive the transition from from small ground winners to big stadium megastars. If you think Spurs have been unconvincing over the last few decades the indignity of following that lot has become far greater.

Tactically Poch was lacking yet again, but Wenger’s decisions made Mauricio look like Pep today.

I’m delighted we won, just a acutely aware that this Arsenal team is a dull as dishwater. Spurs should have scored more, but it doesn’t matter in the greater scheme of things, other teams will sore more against them before this season is over and perhaps then they can look at their big soulless stadium and admit to themselves they’ve tried really hard to throw their football club away.

 
Comments
  • Freund or Foe. , February 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Isn’t the weekend much nicerer when we’ve beaten the scum. I feel peachy.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Yes..the world looks bright!

  • Superspoz 🏆 February 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    To be fair central midfielders (and defenders ) will always have a higher pass accuracy % compared to attackers . And 82% is pretty shit for someone who is meant to be one of the best. The moose had 97%.

  • Caspurs♿️ February 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Superspoz 🏆
    Not sure but I can definitely confirm that Hugo Lloris completed more passes, dribbles, and tackles as Aubemayang.

    Eh? Im confused is Lloris actually Aubangaman, or does he just do a good impersonation of him?

    • Superspoz 🏆 February 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      One bloody Guinness and ‘thans’ become asses

      • Superspoz 🏆 February 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        Ducks sake

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Dembeles ball retention is legendary

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

        Im not sure whete that was meant to go…its my retention..

  • Superspoz 🏆 February 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Not sure but I can definitely confirm that Hugo Lloris completed more passes (21) dribbles (0) tackles (0) as Aubemayang.

    • Superspoz 🏆 February 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      *to Glos

  • mole ster⚽️ February 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Yes correct we did make them look ordinary

  • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    If someone knows, can they verify this stat?

    Petr Cech made more passes than Jack Wiltshite. On the BBC page.

    • Harry Hotspur February 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      I can confirm this is rubbish.

      Cech made 10 passes. Wilshire made about 2 doz.

      Jack’s passing accuracy however was 82% – another stat for Dele and Son fans to steadfastly ignore…

      • Caspurs♿️ February 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm

        82% pass accuracy,100% cnut.

        • Harry Hotspur February 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

          Hehehehe

      • Lord Croker February 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm

        His pass accuracy was 82% out of 82 passes of wind.

        • Harry Hotspur February 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

          He’s a desperate character.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 11:18 pm

        Wilshire looked dimunitive and weak afainst us. A nothing.
        No statistics.

  • mole ster⚽️ February 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I have battered dembeli on here in the past but today he put on a masterclass back to his old self .petr cech was le arse mom and they looked very ordinary.

    • Caspurs♿️ February 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      We made them look ordinary.

    • King Leer February 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Czech was a joke apart from 2 good saves.

      • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm

        Dembele at one point was taking on and beating three gooners in the middle of the park.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

          Gteat great performance

  • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Citeh five.

    Four for Aguero. Late challenger for the golden boot.

  • King Leer February 10, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    We bossed them in a tense first half and then we totally smothered them in the second (apart from a few tense moments in the last 5 mins). Anyone looking at an attacking/creative set up of Wilshere, Ozil, Mikhitarian and Aubameyang would say it looks very threatening but they had nothing really and that was credit to the lack of space and the lack of time on the ball that we allowed them.

    • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Ozil, 350,000 pounds per week flushed down the toilet. Oh, he’ll do fancy pants stuff against rubbish defences, but he’s the perfect Arsenal player, a flat track bully.

    • Lord Croker February 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Wilshere Ozil are yesterdays men. Shite.

  • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Goal. City 4-1.

  • caveman February 10, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Surely we could bought De Bruyne when he left Cheatski!

  • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Points banked. Seven from nine, brilliant, same story as the group of death, did the job, got the reward.

    Juventus an exciting tie coming up, Arse are playing some non entity club from the frozen wastes.

    However, need to be ready to fight Palace and be ruthless with Huddersfield. They won’t just roll over, got to take the six points or be ‘ so Spursy’ again.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      They are the games we become stodgey in. Wembley works OK for the big matches even though its still ugly. Expected us to beat Arse and Utd, but get nothing at Liverpool and Chelski. Good point at Anfield let’s hope we can do it at the Bridge. Luckily they are imploding.

      • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm

        I think we can take Cheatski. They only squeezed past us at Wembley because of an Alonso worldy shot, and Kane and his August hoodoo. Confident we can rip them a new one for old times sales.

        Be great to see them and le Arse in the ropey next season, whilst Spurs open their new stadium as London’s sole CL representative.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm

          I’m trying not to think of that dream. That would be tip top. Both of em on fursday night. We certainly owe the fuckers one.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      We ahould give Juve a game.
      We play similar

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm

        For the CP and Hudd games lets see Moura for more than 10 minutes.

        I knock Poch a lot but his sysyem worked today like a charm.
        The system needs all players in sync but also the system dies not work with everyone.
        Moura could be a Plan B if Poch can think beyond the one plan

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

          Hope he’s the man to give a bit of extra dimension.

        • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

          I’m hoping to see the guy soon. When we’re in control of a game it would be safe to see him play. For more than three minutes, like Janssen and Nkoudou.

      • JackDLad February 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

        Sanchez was good today Ron!

    • JackDLad February 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Agreed, now is the time to show our metal or the ‘Spursy’ tag will be stuck in our face. Juve will be a test especially at Allianz Stadium….a cauldron. We have a great points tally from our last games. Gotta put Palace and Hudds to the sword and now we have options with the squad.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    16 points clear cityeh…….zzzzzzzzzz

    • gloster1861 February 10, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Suits me if they blow Leicester away. We want City to be Champions when we play them, they’ll have less to fight for. And Leicester can screw themselves.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm

        They can start to relax now I reckon….

  • The Man in the Middle February 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    City finding their feet now 3-1

  • Hotspice February 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    6 points out of 6 at home to Man United and LeArse, breaking the Premier League attendance records both games, while they failed to break our defense. Then a great point at Anfield where we pretty much always come away with nothing. Spurs as in recent seasons are finding consistency and form at the business end of the season while others wilt.

    Outside of another great result and team performance the biggest takeaway for me was looking at the bench. For those who perpetually moan about a lack of depth, we had Rose, Aurier, Wanyama, Lamela and Moura on the bench, with Toby I can only presume being rested after just returning to the match day squad. The league is done, there’s nothing Spurs could have done about City this year, but we’re in great shape for the run-in and cups.

    I just can’t understand those who can’t find the simple joy in winning, instead breaking out the electron microscope to pick holes. Stop looking for the flaws and embrace the significant positives of this team, staff and club right now.

    Bring on the Old Lady…COYS!

    • Harry Hotspur February 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Enjoy posting somewhere else

      • SkySportsJews February 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

        Has someone disagreed with you again. Boo fucking hoo

        • Harry Hotspur February 10, 2018 at 8:23 pm

          Not disagreed. Just been too clever for their own good. Like you. On the outside, desperately hanging on.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    City defending like lemmings. They’ve got the virus….Van Dyk had it week or so ago….btitis. Lethal😷

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Mad where have ypu been?
    The french foreign legion?

    • The Man in the Middle February 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      New York, so close to you i was going to swing by.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        Im in Naples..Florida lovely week here..
        What were you doing there Raz?
        Exhibitions?

  • Tom Sherwood February 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    City started well but are no great sheiks now

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Tom where have you been the French foreign legion?

  • Mad Carew February 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Good old Vardy Man City 1-1 Leicester

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Is it Saint Arses day yet..Im bored

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Poch has a plan.It worked like a charm today.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π February 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Nothing wrong with a power sh*t. You did say power sh*t didn’t you?

    • Caspurs♿️ February 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Is that similar to a power nap, but on the toilet?

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Arse had a power sh*t with little power….you know thhats when it feels like a real one and a little one pops out and ypu take a look and feel disgusted at the size?

      • SpurAndy 🍒π February 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm

        Err, I think that’s just you Ron.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm

          Could be its the first time I have ever disgusted

  • marsinho February 10, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t care how we won as long us we won, next.

  • Mudslider February 10, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Dilly Dilly

    • Bruxie February 10, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Casenellaboga-by-the-sea?

  • Bruxie February 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Who are pasport?

    • Bruxie February 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Credit Spurs. 7 from a difficult 3 fixtures. Marvelous.

      • JackDLad February 10, 2018 at 5:43 pm

        Agreed…points taken!!