Arsenal (Away)
Premier League

Wednesday 29th October 2008


We are going to get thrashed.  Even with the new manager in place and having had a couple more hours to prepare the team for the match, it will be a tough task for Spurs to get anything out of the game.

However, Harry has a good reputation against the top four teams, which Spurs have not, so something will have to go !!

It will be a game which Spurs might be up for after the performance they put in on Sunday, but it will need yet another step up to match the opposition.  Hoping for a draw, but more likely it will end ...

PREDICTION : -  Arsenal  4   Tottenham Hotspur   1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


ARSENAL :  - Eduardo (broken leg); Tomas Rosicky (hamstring); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Michael Dawson (suspended 2 of 3); Jonathan Woodgate (groin); Gilberto (knee); 


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Arsenal   4   Tottenham Hotspur    4      (Half-time score : 1-1)

Premier League
Venue : -  Emirates
Wedensday 29th October 2008
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   60,043
Referee :  Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Weather :  -  Chilly, dry
Teams : - 
Arsenal :

  1  Almunia

22  Clichy
18  Silvestre
10  Gallas (c)
  3  Sagna

14  Walcott (27  Eboue 75)
  4  Fabregas
15  Denilson
  8  Nasri (17  Song 88)

11  van Persie (  2  Diaby 81     )
  9  Adebayor

Unused subs:

21  Fabianski
  5  Toure
12  Vela
26  Bendtner

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton (16  Gunter 79)
22  Corluka
39  Woodgate
32  Assou-Ekotto      

  5  Bentley      
  8  Jenas (c)     
  6  Huddlestone      
  3  Bale (  7  Lennon 55)

14  Modric

  9  Pavlyuchenko (10  Bent 65)

Unused subs: 
21  Cesar Sanchez
  4  Zokora
18  Campbell
24  O'Hara

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Silvestre 37
Gallas 46
Adebayor 64
van Persie 68

Tottenham Hotspur

Bentley 13
Bent 67
Jenas 89
Lennon 90

Cards : -  

Diaby (foul) 90 



Tottenham Hotspur 

Assou-Ekotto (foul) 54
Bentley (foul) 57
Huddlestone (foul) 59
Jenas (persistent fouling) 85

Match Report : -  

Arsenal capitulated and gave up a two goal lead to let a resurgent Spurs grab a point in a 4-4 draw away last night.  Harry Redknapp's planning and tactics could not have accounted for Tottenham being 1-0 up for a long period of the first half and then slipping to 1-3 before coming back for a last gap Aaron Lennon equaliser that sent the Tottenham fans into ecstasy.

Spurs still persisted with the one man up front, but had Luka Modric in support, playing just in front of a midfield four.  With the men breaking forward from midfield, Arsenal were troubled early on.  In the third minute, Huddlestone picked out a run on the left by Gareth Bale and his surge almost paid off, as he crossed or shot and with Almunia coming off the near post, his effort just missed the outside of the post and went into the side-netting.  Arsenal's first chance came in the 12th minute, with Walcott having a low shot across Gomes, but it went wide of the far post, but a minute later, Tottenham were 1-0 ahead.

The ball was bouncing around ten yards outside the home team's penalty area and then popped up in the air as the ball was challenged for.  Jermaine Jenas out-jumped the static Denilson and headed it back, where David Bentley flipped the ball up and hit a home-made volley that went high as Almunia was out of his goal.  As the keeper went backwards and the ball came down, all he could do was wave at the ball as it dropped beyond him and help it into the net.  Scoring from nearly 40 yards out with an outrageous volley was too much for Bentley, who went off to celebrate like a mad thing.  The boos from the home crowd had no doubt fuelled his desire to do well and what a way to start, by putting Spurs into a 13th minute lead.

Arsenal hit back straight away and Gomes had to palm aside a van Persie free-kick, which was one of a long line of awards, which were harsh to say the least.  The same player curled a shot wide just afterwards and then had an effort blocked for a corner.  The Tottenham goalkeeper was still causing heart-attacks when the ball went into the box in the air, with a leap over Adebayor leading to him dropping the ball at Gallas' feet and the Gooners captain hit it over the top luckily.  Heurelho had a bit more fortune in the 32nd minute when Walcott cut inside and hit his shot straight at the goalie.  The England winger then dallied on the ball, allowing Assou-Ekotto to get in front of him to get in the way of his shot and then Clichy hit a shot over the bar.

What appeared to be a foul on David Bentley was waved away by referee Atkinson and it lead to Gomes making a save from Fabregas' shot which went for a corner.  From this, Silvestre got ahead of the Spurs defenders and more importantly, Gomes, flicking the ball over him and with no man on the line at the far post, the ball flew in for 1-1.  It was a cheap goal to concede.

Luka Modric was getting crowded out a little in his role in the hole, but found some space, with Pavlyuchenko moving away from him and not other support, he had to shoot and shanked his shot.  Both sides then seemed to settle for going into the break level.

Straight after the break, it was Arsenal who won a cheap free-kick when Huddlestone was adjudged to have fouled van Persie and he got up to play the ball in with pace and Gallas got ahead of his marker Corluka, to head down and past Gomes.  With the Brazilian keeper rooted to his line this time, he perhaps should have done better, but did manage to push Denilson's low drive from the left side of the box wide straight after Tottenham had gone behind.  It went for a corner and Silvestre got there first again, but headed wide.

The yellow cards started with Assou-Ekotto getting one for knocking Walcott over and then Bentley and Huddlestone followed him within five minutes.  Lennon came on for Bale, who was having a quiet game on the left of midfield and Gomes had to dive at Walcott's feet to stop him progressing.  However, just before the hour, he was left standing as Adebayor cracked a shot instinctively as it fell after a scramble and Gomes was relieved to see it go the right side of the post as far as he was concerned.

After Huddlestone and Modric challenged for the ball on the edge of the Arsenal box, it dropped for Bentley to hit a shot at goal and Almunia saved low.  Then in the 64th minute, it became 3-1 when van Persie picked out a pass inside Hutton for Nasri to lift the ball over Gomes as he came out and Hutton got back, but could not clear it before Adebayor stuck out a long leg to put it into the net from virtually on the line.  Harry brought on Bent for Roman and a minute after, he had poached a goal from a ball which was spilled as Almunia saved Huddlestone's low skidding shot with his face !!  It was a real striker's goal and one we could do with more of.

But as soon as the cheers had died in the Spurs fans throats, it was 2-4.  Hutton, who was having a bit of a mare in the second half, played a back-pass to Corluka without looking to see where he was and it fell to Adebayor.  The striker laid the ball across the area into the path of van Persie and he drilled it first time past Gomes.  All the good work had been undone.

With Bentley's free-kick whipped into the near post, it almost brought about a goal for Jenas, but he could not quite get onto the end of it.  It took nearly ten minutes before there was another chance for Spurs as Bentley pulled his foot across a shot that bobbled wide, by which time van Persie and Adebayor should really have put the game out of reach.

The pitch was freezing up and Clichy fell victim to a slip that left Jermaine Jenas with the ball on the halfway line.  He picked it up and ran at the retreating Arsenal defence and as he reached the edge of the "D", he curled a left footer round the last defender which unsighted the keeper and the ball nestled in the inside netting to make the score 3-4.

As Wenger was resting Walcott and Nasri by taking them off, it had given Tottenham the impetus to go forward, without the need to worry about a speedy break.  But the game was going into four minutes of added time and it looked like it would be a heroic failure.

Especially when a free-kick from Bentley was whipped in and Gallas got there before Jenas.

But with time running out, Luka Modric popped up on the edge of the area and produced a shot that flicked off a defender that took it onto Almunia's right hand post.  It looked like it wasn't going to be Spurs' night.  But then Aaron Lennon dashed in without an Arsenal defender following up, leaving the little winger with the easy task of knocking the ball gleefully into the net from within the six yard box.

It capped a fine comeback.  The spirit of the side, who looked down and out at 1-3 and 2-4, took them through to a point, which didn't affect Tottenham's league place, but did Arsenal's and did the confidence of the away team, who had been suffering with the wave after wave of jokes sent by text and e-mail by Gooners.  It looked like the "Professor" had blown his experiment by letting Tottenham take control of the game and it might have been a mistake by Clichy that let them in, but then Hutton's had done so for the home team.

It was a point gained and while people said it felt like a win, it wasn't.  Those will come hopefully, if the side continue to play in the same vein.  It was pleasing to see them score goals again - the first time they had scored more than two this season and with only three of 28 goals scored at the Arsenal ground by the opponents, it was a moral victory to knock in four.

It is the way to play as far as Spurs are concerned.  Modric's role has seen him more involved and Corluka played well at the back, with Jenas everywhere, even though he did give the ball away a bit too much.  But he always wants the ball and is always willing to keep running. 

Redknapp is getting the team to produce something approaching their best, but there is still more to come.





Reaction : -



Not sure about Fabregas' comments that Arsenal Ladies could beat Spurs at the moment, but his own side might have a bit of trouble themselves.  With a dodgy keeper and some slapstick defending, it looked more like Tottenham defending than the slick Arsenal machine under Wenger.

His squatting anger pose at the end of the game said it all.  His choices had been ones that I am sure that few women's football managers would have made, leaving his side with no out ball and no attacking threat that had pushed Spurs back for most of the game.

Wenger's powers might be on the wane.  Many Arsenal fans on the radio phone-ins were hinting as much on the way home.

No wonder he was saying that Spurs were too hasty to sack Ramos, as he fears his own position might be under threat.  Alternatively, he could be so safe under the present regime at Arsenal that he feels he can do as he wishes and is fireproof.

I think Harry might have doused him with a cold shower of team spirit.  You wouldn't say that Tottenham's performance was classic, but the derby sparked into life and produced one to remember ... for Spurs fans that is !!

the funky phantom

What is that smell coming from across North London -- oh it's bulls**t.

Arsene Wenger saying it was wrong to sack Ramos ... well he would, wouldn't he. He tries this reverse psychology but it never works.  He knows Harry is a top coach and tries anything to upset the mental state of a football team and always fails.

Then there's Fabregas saying Spurs couldn't beat the Arsenal ladies - to be honest I saw a team photo of the so called female Arsenal team and couldn't tell the difference - long hair, puny muscles, fat bottoms ... so I'm a little confused as to what GIRLIE team he

Was it the one I saw last night that blew a two goal lead in the last minute ?  Maybe, because they looked like a bunch of cissies.

Then let's not forget the fans.  Only last week I overheard two talking on the train station laughing at the state of Spurs and how many goals they will score against us, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah ... telling all the old jokes.  Ha ha  - you're sooooo funny, you Arse supporters.

I love the arrogance of Arsenal and the supporters, because it actually stops them from being better then they are.  But they can't see that, so please carry on slagging off other teams and not concentrating on your own performance.

Harry and the boys, you carry on as you are showing some guts and never say die attitude.  I just hope there's a strong wind blowing today to take that smell that's been hanging around this week back to Woolwich where it belongs.

As for me, well, when your bottom of the table and go to "fortress Emirates" (snigger) and spoil 50,000 Arse fans night - I can only sit back and go into smug mode - well done boys !






Other scores this mid-week :
Aston Villa 3 Blackburn Rovers 2 Wednesday
Bolton Wanderers 0 Everton 1 Wednesday
Fulham 2 Wigan Athletic 0 Wednesday
Hull City 0 Chelsea 3 Wednesday
Liverpool 1 Portsmouth 0 Wednesday
Middlesbrough 2 Manchester City 0 Wednesday
Manchester United 2 West Ham United 0 Wednesday
Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 Tuesday
Stoke City 1 Sunderland 0 Wednesday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Liverpool 10 8 2 0 15 6 26 +9
2 Chelsea 10 7 2 1 22 4 23 +18
3 Arsenal 10 6 2 2 22 10 20 +12
4 Aston Villa 10 6 2 2 19 12 20 +7
5 Hull City 10 6 2 2 14 14 20 0
6 Manchester United 9 5 3 1 15 5 18 +10
7 Portsmouth 10 4 2 4 10 15 14 -5
8 Manchester City 10 4 1 5 23 16 13 +7
9 Middlesbrough 10 4 1 5 10 15 13 -5
10 Sunderland 10 3 3 4 9 11 12 -2
11 Everton 10 3 3 4 14 18 12 -4
12 West Ham United 10 4 0 6 14 18 12 -4
13 Blackburn Rovers 10 3 3 4 11 18 12 -7
14 Fulham 9 3 2 4 8 8 11 0
15 Stoke City 10 3 1 6 10 16 10 -6
16 West Bromwich Albion 10 3 1 6 8 16 10 -8
17 Newcastle United 10 2 3 5 12 18 9 -6
18 Wigan Athletic 10 2 2 6 11 15 8 -4
19 Bolton Wanderers 10 2 2 6 8 13 8 -5
20 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 10 1 3 6 11 16 6 -5


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