That was easier than I expected
Well, would you look at that; after 18 games, we're 8 points ahead of second position and look as solid as we've ever been all season. All the doom's day preachers have suddenly become believers and the narrative has somehow changed.
For most Arsenal fans, nothing has actually changed and our target for the season is still the same. We want to qualify for the champions league next season and be among the big boys, where we truly belong and that's about all there is to it.
Our start to the season is not a reflection of our ambition, as our only ambition for the season is to win the next match. We're not interested in long term targets and all the lofty dreams that all the nonbelievers are using to put pressure on us.
There's really nothing special about being top of the league by January because we have actually been here before. During the Wenger era, we have experienced numerous false dawns that ended in te ignominy of defeat, so we obviously can't get ahead of ourselves.
All we care about is winning the games in front of us and getting the three points as they come. In fact, all we can do is try to win the games in front of us and then let the FA decide what prize to give us at the end of the season.
Three points is three points
These big matches often come with a lot of pressure that I personally think is unneccasry. Three points against Spurs is the same as three points against Nottingham forest, so I don't get why there's so much fanfare about it.
Today, we won against a very hopeless and toothless Spurs team. I have to say that this is probably the most comfortable North London Derby victory I have witnessed in the last 10 years.
There is a huge gulf in quality between both teams and while watching the match, the only thing I can remember is @blanchy talking about how Spurs had a better transfer window at the start of the season.
Ironically, the man of the match was Ramsdale because he had a busy afternoon but I think that flattered him. We ended the first half with a two goal lead and for the most part, we didn't look like relinquishing it.
Spurs had a few half chances here and there but never looked like scoring because we defended resilliently and on a different day, we probably would have even added more gloss to the scoreline with a third goal.
Now, it is on to the next match and it will be a tedious encounter against an in form Manchester United side, the only team that has given us the taste of defeat. Until we meet again, up the Arsenal.
yep we had a better transfer window at start of season but Arsenal have spent £278.3million over the last 3 windows then you are bound to have more quality.
How did you have a better transfer window when the overall quality of your team has reduced from last season?
In any case, this match has little to do with out transfer window and more about the superiority of our manager.
Superiority of your manager. Has Conte not won 5 leagues in 7 seasons???
Our squad is stronger than last season especially with Peresic, Richarlison, Bissouma added. It's just players like Son are gone off the boil completely.
Conte is tactically outdated and relies on a defensive approach to win.
Spurs are heavily reliant on Kane and Son, two players approaching the twilight of their careers and who would most likely be looking for a final payday and trophies at a more illustrious club very soon.
Not a single one of your additions started the match, all three came from the bench and bar Perisic in patches, none of them have proven themselves.
I wouldn't say his tactics are outdated now as alot of teams use the 3 at the back with wing backs,
I'd be happy to see Son leave. He is terrible this season so give us 100 million and he is yours. Kane is still competing with Haaland for the Golden Boot so I would say he isn't in his twilight just yet.
Peresic has proven himself with 10 assists so far this season. The rest , you have a point but I still think we had a better summer in the transfer market.
The back three isn't the problem, Conte's implementation is the issue. He's always reactive, waiting to absorb pressure and then hopefully pounce on gaps. This could work on some teams but it is hardly sustainable and will lead to a lot of beatings.
Kane is still an exceptional player but I was referring to his age and not his ability when I said he's in the twilight of his career. Spurs tactics for most of the season is "kick it to Kane or Son and let them do the rest". Hojberg has had a couple of moments but it has been horrible.
You claim Spurs had a better window than Arsenal but only Perisic has been relevant and he's in his 30s. Kulusevski is a decent shout and has a high ceiling but he's not going to achieve that potential playing Haram ball at Spurs and the same goes for Richarlison who we saw at the World cup.
Arsenal's window is much better because the players brought into the team actually improved the squad and are individuals that the manager knows how to use. The only exceptions are Vieria and Marquinhos who are long term prospects anyway but are clearly players that are in the Manager's mould.
Exactly,superiority of coaching is the secret,that is why Arteta has already added a new coach, in the post, I titled, ARTETA IS SCARY.
Secondly, was Arteta not employed in Dec 2019? That's roughly 2 years before Conte came in, with both clubs starting a new project. Last season a lot of people who don't look at the details didn't know that the Arsenal project was still going strong. By the way, Arsenal has won the EPL title in the White Hart Lane before.😊
I have told @blanchy before, that their project is behind ours, he won't agree. He's been running away from me on discord too. He keeps making failed predictions about the Gunners. He has said Smith Rowe is not a crucial player for our squad, that Gabriel Jesus has no replacement and he won't make the World cup squad and several others.
Please let's enjoy the victory, especially the style of the victory– proper domination of these noisy neighbours.
A toast to continuous domination to all and sundry. Look I have started looking at Madrid, to see how we can match them Tottenham is no issue at all.
Best regards brou.
He's in denial. Even a blind man can see that the Arsenal project is way ahead of Spurs.
Spurs are still reliant on Kane and Son, two players that are over 30 already and heading to the twilight of the career to produce the goods. Arsenal project relies on a very young and vibrant squad with loads to prove.
Tactically, Arsenal is far superior and Arteta has a squad in his own image.
Hmmn, you have reminded me of something.
"Mr.blanchy,this Tottenham looks a good meal. First half they were listless. It took the genius of Kane to even get them going in the 2nd half."
This was my message to him(and I tagged him) on a chat group, after Tottenham's last match before they played Arsenal. He didn't reply as usual. It was clear to me that we would beat Tottenham, eventhough they won their last match(this wasn't wishful thinking,it was a non-sentimental analysis of facts).
Even if I decide not to question the age of their squad leaders, the truth still remains that they should queue up and respect their process. I don't know why these fans,like @blanchy, go into self-denial. Even Chelsea,a lot of Chelsea fans can't even see that, they have begun a process of drastically reducing their squad age, so it needs patience. I think guys need to learn from the biggest Boyz of London.
THIS IS ARSENAL.