Posts Tagged ‘NLD’

Are you Arsenal in disguise?

October 3, 2011

“How many hands do I have to shake”? What does Wenger have against shaking hands? It seems our Clive Allen was snubbed after the match by the Frenchman, as he’s snubbed so many others in the past. But I guess losing the NLD does leave one sour as a sour puss. Being French + sour = not so nice.

I’ll leave reviewing the match to others, instead I’ll just cover some frustrations as well as some shining stars.

Arsenal’s 5-man midfield

It looked like we were never going to break the red wall. Our only way through it was to go up the middle or to  play Crouchesque long balls. The latter was not something I wanted to see, but we tried it anyways and were left looking a bit limp tactically against the 4-5-1. Wenger’s a pretty smart man, I must say. He played his cards right, but the only thing he didn’t seem to predict was Tottenham’s pace on the counter-attack.

Adebayor not scoring

Come on… you know you wanted it to happen. Especially since Sczcesny was ranting and raving how they knew how to contain him.

Modric

He had no answers this time around. Some points where he had solid movements on the ball, but he gave away too many in the midfield; something out of character for him.

Brain fart in the defence

Ramsey, out of all players, should have never been given the opportunity to score. He was invisible most of the time and should have stayed that way. Anyone see Van Persie? Didn’t think so.

Walker brings one home

Kyle Walker’s goal left us with this beautiful moment which I’d like to share with Sczcesny and all his supporters.

Harry Redknapp’s subs

Great substitutions by the manager. No way anyone would have guessed those to be his picks. I was praying for Sandro to come on sooner because I knew if we added more muscle in the midfield, Arsenal would have a hard time coping. The additions of Livermore and Corluka turned out to be great options as well.

Parker

Left alone at times, he seemed to wander off into no-man’s land with no help from his teammates. Still, his presence in a very quick Arsenal 5-man midfield could partially be why it was hard for them to get that first goal… well him and Ledley King of course.

Controversy at the Lane

Having watched VDV’s goal again and again, I think he did use a part of his arm to bring down the ball. Still, there was no way any ref was going to rule that one out because you needed to watch the highlights repetitively in order to determine it a hand ball. Not enough conclusive evidence in my opinion, but then again, I am biased.

So there you have it folks. One NLD down and one to go. Until then, bask in the glory and enjoy it! COYS!

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11 years in the making

April 15, 2010

"Yes, I'm lookin' at you punk!"

Yes. 11 long years. 11 long years to take our first league win from the NLD. But we took it in epic fashion. Another epic goal in another epic NLD. Personal business. Done and executed.

Boos erupted at the Lane every time a certain Judas even considered touching the ball. Scratch that. If he even looked at the ball, the fans were ready to belt out their disgust.

The joyous occasion was followed by a sleepless night tossing and turning in excitement. Honestly speaking, the happiness doesn’t stem from simply beating Arsenal. It’s how it was done. As I mentioned above, another epic goal in the NLD for Spurs. 19 year old Danny Rose, on his debut as a starter in the Premier League, nailed a 29 yarder majestically which was clocked traveling at 69 miles per hour! Thunderous stuff from the youngster!

Everyone seemed to be in form. Gomes put in a MOTM performance saving the unthinkable. Granted they did score one, but in my head it was irrelevant… well sort of, after the match at least. Bale, Bale, Bale scored his second in the NLD. A great way to cap off all the hard work and effort he has put in since being called into the first squad. The Welshman and BAE controlled the left flank with ease – besides the assist for Arse’s goal – and formed a great partnership on attack. Tasty stuff.

Modric and Hudd were focused on the defencive side of things. The “little one” stuck his body in all kinds of jams and came out successful many times. The only unfortunate part to his role in the central midfield is that he doesn’t create as many opportunities in comparison to the left. With time and experience, he will improve in this position.

Kaboul was solid filling in for Charlie, timing his slide tackles perfectly but picking up a yellow card along the way. Harsh decision from the referee, but overall, I can finally applaud the officials as they put in a consistent performance. Great timing might I add.

Dawson and King are a fantastic pairing. It still baffles me that King can come in after such a long time into such a heated fixture, and play the way he does. He even managed to go forward numerous times helping in the distribution of play. Breathtaking you are your majesty! Hope he will be fit for the Chelsea match.

One last player evaluation before wrapping this post up… Bentley. He solidified the squad instantly. He aided the defence at crucial moments, while adding all the width on attack. An attribute I truly appreciate.

Mr. Redknapp, some more of this fine football when our other neighbors visit the Lane on Saturday. Please.

Readers, feel free to create your own caption for the image I used. COYS!