Marinate in the Glory

Delusional – ‘characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.’

I thought it was best to start this blog post off with the definition of the word delusional. Why you may ask? Well, I feel it’s an extremely efficient way of describing the vast majority of Spurs fans these days.

Did they really think they were going to come to the Emirates and beat us? The answer to that question is, yes, yes they did. And how utterly hilarious is that? They all thought they would just turn up and put us away with ease. Clearly they’d all completely forgotten that we’ve had our foot firmly placed on the back of their heads for the last 20 odd years.

And when I say dominant; they have only beaten us once at home under Arsene Wenger in the Premier League.

However, when you consider our poor run of form this season in the big fixtures, I do understand why anxiety was spreading through the ranks of the Arsenal support prior to kick off.

Because lets be frank – this season has been fairly painful. I won’t go into details, as I find it far too soul destroying to start regurgitating all of the stuff that we already currently know. It’s the stuff we’ve all spoken about millions of times before. But in brief it’s a new season, with the same old mistakes. We aren’t exactly in the best of places right now. And certain fractions of the British sports press are really making sure that the wider footballing public are constantly reminded of Arsenals troubles on an all too regular basis for me.

Just the sheer vastness of anti-Arsenal content available is fairly mind blowing, especially when you consider that we have actually been winning FA cups, whilst Spurs have won the following;

  • Nothing.
  • Zilch.
  • Zero.
  • Nada.
  • Nichts.
  • Niente
  • The square root of absolutely fuck all.

Yet they’re being lauded as the best team in the modern era because, let’s not forget, they did beat Real Madrid in the Champions’ League group stages a few weeks ago.

I mean that is a fucking unbelievable achievement worthy of a celebratory DVD and subsequent open top bus parade.

Or back in actual reality, the non-deluded football fan could shelve that easily forgettable European moment alongside Celtics unexpected 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the 2012/2013 Champion’s League group stages, when of course, Bayern Munich did go on to lift the trophy in May – not fucking Celtic, if you get my point.

And yeah I know – we have lost 4 games already, but so what, remember it’s a derby game after all. And in a not too distant past, when we were probably one of the best teams in the world considering we had just gone a whole season unbeaten. Yet in the media were never too quick to write off Spurs chances, when their only good player at the time was Jamie Redknapp – a lad that was virtually held together with Lego pieces and duct tape. Even though we clearly had the superior squad, the pre match talk was always the same; ‘you can’t write off Spurs,’ ‘it’s a derby game, so form goes out the window,’ ‘Arsenal have too many foreign players, they’re too soft.’

Now fast forward to the present day, you’ve got Spurs turning up at our gaff for a game, with players like Eric Dier (England captain HAHAHAHA), Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier and they’re all of a sudden nailed on favourites to beat us. Yeah okay, sure.

I know I am just sort of waffing on like a lunatic here, and I could probably go on and on for ages, but I do just find the double standards so funny. But what is even funnier is that after all that talk, they did absolutely nothing! NOTHING! HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

Arsenal – 2 (two goals)

Spurs – 0 (no goals)

They were shit.

They can point fingers all they want at the officiating on the day, saying that was the reason why they lost – but they are clutching at straws. They were lucky to escape with just conceding the 2 goals, it should’ve been more. Hugo Lloris kept that score respectable in reality. I’d also like to point out that, yes, the Sanchez free kick was soft, but it was a bit rich to hear them complain too much about it. Considering we had the disallowed goal in the opening exchanges when Mesut Ozil was penalised for a push on Vertonghen when he didn’t even touch him, the Belgian had clearly just slipped over and but Mike Dean gave the benefit of the doubt to the Spurs defender. So in my opinion Mustafi’s headed goal should’ve been the second of the afternoon. And it was just a free kick. It was a marginal opportunity to score. We still had to deliver the perfect ball, and then Mustafi still had to beat the Spurs defenders to the header and guide it into the top corner. Its not like they didn’t have an opportunity to stop the goal from happening. But as I said before they were extremely lucky to escape without conceding more goals. We were much better than them on the day, and ultimately our superior quality shone through and we got a much needed positive result.

So anyone who genuinely tries to give any sort of credence to this ‘power shift’ talk is quite literally deluded.

That’s why I felt like starting off this blog post with the definition of the word delusional, because it’s all too relevant – ‘characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument.’

My favourite bit there is where it says ‘contradicted by reality.’ Because the reality of the here and now is the following; Arsenal are winning trophies, Spurs are not. And they haven’t won anything of genuine merit for a long time.

Yes, okay – they did finish above us last season, but prior to that, the last time they achieved that feat, their now manager Pochettino was in his early twenties and had just signed for Espanyol. So finishing above us once in 22 years, and claiming that there is a power shift in North London is delusional.

So enjoy it Gooners, marinate in the greatness of our victory and hope that it acts as the building block to push on, and help put our season back on track, but as always consistency is key.

Roll on Burnley away – a game which I am far more worried about.

That’s your lot from me.

Speak soon.

Graeme

@graemejhawk

Graeme Hawkins

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