Spurs Preview: Time To Puncture The Beach Ball

The time for talking is over. Enough has been said this week about powershifts and god knows what else about how much better than us Tottenham are.

It doesn’t matter. It’s pontificating; Arsène spoke of efficiency being more important than toughness but it’s wrong; you need both in this fixture. Mentally and physically. Pochettino’s five-man midfield will…who gives a rat’s arse what they’ll do.

This isn’t tactics, this is pride. We’ve got knockout competitions to play for but let’s do what the 1985 team did: end their title hopes. They are slim anyway but let’s make them non-existent.

These are the things that matter when it comes to Tottenham.

Granit Xhaka said we don’t need to tell them about the importance of winning but if feels like we do. This week’s media contained a painful amount of utter bollocks – there’s no other word for it – from normally sane journalists. OK, so that’s something of an oxymoron but even Jonathan Wilson got in on the act.

Wilson made one point which sent a shiver down my spine, spinning his words accurately toward the Arsenal bullseye: “The Emirates reeks of broken dreams, not just of individuals but of the club as a whole. Stagnation has become a way of life.”

He is right but if there were ever a game to shake those cobwebs from the players systems, this is it. As Tony Adams told Lee Dixon before his first north London derby, we cannot lose this game.

How we could do with some of that spirit being injected into the players beforehand. That or PEDs; let’s face it, I don’t care how we win, just so long as we do.

Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Lacazette, Özil

It’s not the team I’d choose but Arsène will.

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Beat The Swampdwellers

I would put Wilshere in for Özil, someone with the fire in his belly and a point or ten to prove. I get why Per will be chosen – LEADER! LEADER! LEADER! – but I’d put Holding in, with Koscielny told to replicate Nico and stick to Kane like glue. Mark him out of the game.

Most importantly, I’d give the players an injection, a bespoke concoction that only Arsenal can come up with. Mix together the fighting spirit of Adams, Rocastle, McLintock, Simpson, Storey, and Kennedy. Infuse that with Brady, Sunderland, and George.

Get that coursing through the veins of the squad to show pride in playing for Arsenal. Find the spirit which won the FA Cup last season and knocked Manchester City out in the semi-finals when nobody gave us a cat in hell’s chance. If it means Arsène painting his face red and white, standing in the middle of the dressing room and screaming, “For Chapman!”, summoning the ghosts of managers past, so be it.

It wasn’t so long ago that we enjoyed

and then this

These are all that matter.


To keep you going until then, it’s K-tel and 2009 at Dad Jukebox.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching us dance on the graves of Tottenham’s title dreams.

’til Tomorrow.


140 thoughts on “Spurs Preview: Time To Puncture The Beach Ball

  1. Jonny says:


    I was thinking the same thing about Iwobi over Jack. I said it last season but I honestly think Arsene views Jack not as the #2 to Ozil but the #2 to Ramsey

    You could well be right but, if so, it’s a remarkably limited way of viewing things.

    Best performance of the season – a great time to do it for the purist.

    Fuck you Spudcunts.

    Fuck you all, with sprinkles on top.

  2. C says:


    Ozil was heads and tails not only a class above all but he was the MOTM!!!!!!!!!!

    Powershift, save that shit for another year and generation because not only do Spuds when fuck all when it comes to trophies but all the talk of them challenging thanks to their victories over Madrid; well they ran into a fully committed team and an Ozil that was tired of hearing he wasn’t good enough and Ericksen was better!!!!

  3. G4E says:

    The Good Arsenal showed up…………Fuck the Spuds, although suddenly they looked very average today.

    Did we make them look average or did they not show up?

  4. C says:


    Its a limited view but I think that is the view that Arsene has taken. Jack for the purist in all of us would have been a sublime sub but Ramsey was just having a good match.


    Also, can we all please fucking stop with the talk of Ericksen better than Ozil because he simply isn’t!

  5. C says:


    Truly enjoy writing the post tomorrow you absolutely deserve it!

  6. C says:

    Arsene, I am BEGGING you, stop with the foolishness and start Ozil, Lacazette and Sanchez together!

  7. C says:


    How effective was Ozil today mate! 😉

  8. Bill says:

    Very good game and excellent result. Staying organized and keeping a clean sheet has to be the highlight.

  9. G4E says:


    I agree C, I still wonder why can’t we play like this in a sustained way an entire season?

  10. Orson Kaert says:

    We’re hearing all sorts of things about Arsenal goals being offside, that the free kick before a goal shouldn’t have been given, Xhaka should have been given a second yellow. All bullshit, Spurs didn’t score, they were second best all game. Arsenal were far and away the better side.

    The game and result made all the pundits look like the Muppets they are.

  11. Arsetralian says:

    Great effort
    I was very nervous but had a feeling we would win
    I kept counting those 5 minute segments off
    Big win
    As an England fan sad to say you offer me AOL vs KAE
    I will pick the former
    Happy to say Arsenal have the better hand still!

  12. Arsetralian says:

    Job done
    2am here
    Now let’s see off the Wallabies

  13. C says:


    It is interesting why we can’t but there will be plenty of time to talk about that.

    Fuck Spuds and I will just enjoy this dominant performance in the NLD.

  14. Jonny says:

    Arse , are you an Englishman in exile?

  15. Orson Kaert says:


    England 6 – 0 up at half time, two Aussies in the sin bin.

    Itoje is the business, he will be an immense player in the near future.

  16. Foetry says:

    That was more like it!
    Anyone knows where Piers Morongan is today? I just wonder. Perhaps the Sugar was too much for the cup of tea on display this afternoon. Where was the fair assement of the team credentials midweek?

    Pride of ‘Naarth Landan’ restored with the right colours for at least the next 10 weeks!

    Keep it up boyz and we’ll get consistent results..

  17. Arsetralian says:

    Orson Kaert,

    To be fair I am in no way in prison
    It is a great place
    Ok OK
    Game on second half
    Wow Arsenal needed that win though

  18. Orson Kaert says:

    That’s what you call a close call. Maybe a single blade of grass between the ball and the touch line. 13 – 3.

  19. Arsetralian says:

    Orson Kaert,

    We have certainly had the rub of the green
    Oz will feel pretty harshly treated
    Hard lines !

  20. Wavey says:

    I’ll put my hands up and admit I got it wrong today. I really didn’t think we had that type of display in us at the moment. I’m looking forward to watching the extended highlights on MOTD tonight.

    Not wishing to set a sombre tone, but I really hope that we learn from a performance like this for a change. It is absolutely brilliant to stick it to the Spuds (and with a lower share of the possession), but bragging rights over them isn’t enough. It’s great to be able to laud it over the Spuds again, but we need to be playing football like this on a regular basis and we have to learn to adapt our strategy to counter the way opponents play.

    That said, let’s celebrate a fantastic performance today.

  21. Jonnygunner says:

    What a performance today….what is it with our boys?……just when you feel they’re not up to it they put on a show like that.
    Power shift?……..faaaaack ooooorf 😂😂

  22. Freddo says:

    Tremendous pressing never really let Spurs settle. Sanchez is going to be sensational for the (short) remaining time he is at arsenal now that Chile are out of the World Cup. Had time off. Looked like he’d had a blood transfusion. In fact, he’ll be a great buy in the off-season because he’ll come back next season fully rested.

  23. Orson Kaert says:

    Well that will do me for today, won the NLD and threw a spanner in Spurs works. Comprehensively beat the Wallabies.

    On that note I will wish you all goodnight, or in Arsetralian’s case, good morning.

  24. Wavey says:

    Did the ref bottle it with the yellow on City because it was too early in the game? Looked like last man and a goal scoring opportunity.

    Shearer agrees.

  25. Jonny says:

    Twitter is completely awash with backlash gloating from the AW’s fanbase.
    The power shift may not be complete but there is no doubting which club has been in the ascendency for the last two years.
    This was a comprehensive performance and a much deserved result but a note of caution sounds when considering the bigger picture.
    Crowing in this fashion, about solitary results makes us sound more like Spurs fans if anything.

  26. allezkev says:

    Great performance, the atmosphere at the stadium was rocking, if the players turn up then the fans will support them, now let’s see them perform at Burnley…

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