Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham – Match Report
A derby game that had everything, a derby that had Arsenal fans jeering at Tottenham that in the end left us all hurt and angry with the final result.
Wenger brought Sagna back for Eboue, Denilson replaced Song and Adebayor was picked ahead of Bendtner.
Tottenham started the strongest, a packed midfield overpower Arsenal and after 15 minutes a speculative shot from Bentley found Almunia struggling to track back and the Spaniard did not do enough to prevent Spurs taking the lead. Horror on the Arsenal fans, but they soon got behind the team.
Arsenal got hold of the game and were encouraged by some lapse keeping from Gomes. The best chances fell to Walcott but as always Arsenal needed to have clear site of goal before shooting.
Arsenal got back on level terms when a van Persie corner was met at the near post by Silvestre. Arsenal pushed forward for the second, but to Wenger’s obvious annoyance they took too many passes to get the ball forward.
From the restart Arsenal were sharp and determined to impose themselves on the game. Within minutes Arsenal were ahead through a header from Gallas.
Arsenal pressed forward and Adebayor missed a glorious chance to add a third. Once again the Togolese striker infuriated the Arsenal fans with his lack of effort and another lacklustre performance up front. Soon he was forgiven as Nasri ran onto a van Persie pass which he lobbed the goalkeeper, but Adebayor made sure and Arsenal were coasting, or so we thought.
Arsenal failed not once but several times to close down the player with the ball and Almunia failed to keep hold of a speculative shot, Bent a second half substitute made it 3-2.
Shaken but not put off their stride, Arsenal went up the other end and van Persie made it 4-2. Arsenal had several opportunities to make it five, but Adebayor, it seems can only score if there is no goalkeeper in the way these days.
As the clock ran down and the Arsenal fans were in full voice, Wenger tried to shut up shop, withdrawing Walcott, Nasri and van Persie. Then another lapse in concentration by Clichy let Jenas run the from the halfway line unchallenged and fire a cash in to make the score 4-3. Arsenal then panicked, the fans knew what was going to happen, and another Spurs player, Modric was allowed to go forward unchallenged and shoot. His shot hit the post, but Almunia did not deal with the ball and Lennon equalised.
The Arsenal fans were shocked and angry and the Arsenal bench was not too pleased either, at least one kit bag went flying.
Arsenal failed to win whilst leading by two goals and five minutes remaining. Arsenal’s overall defensive play was poor, whilst Adebayor’s contribution was minimal. You must also question Wenger’s decision to withdraw his offensive players for ones who can’t defend.