Well, I’m not sure anybody expected that. I know I didn’t. But Tottenham’s eight-year winless streak against Arsenal is over and they did it in some style. From an Arsenal perspective it was a poor performance and a shocking result, but it should be remembered that at the end of the day Arsene Wenger and his men still have a Premiership title and Champions League trophy to play for.
There’s no point going into the game because there it’s just not worth it. Nothing worked for Arsenal, everything worked for Tottenham and that happens in football sometimes. A defeat this big hasn’t occurred very often in the eleven years that I’ve been following Arsenal (if at all) so it was definitely a shock to me personally. But I will not be losing any sleep over it and neither should any else who follows the club.
It might sound like a cop-out to say that I would much rather Arsenal lose to Tottenham in the Carling Cup than lose to Newcastle in the Premiership clash on Tuesday but it’s the absolute truth. The Premier League and the Champions League are the priorities and I remain completely behind Wenger in his decision to stick with the reserve players throughout this competition. Having said that, you want your side to win every game they play and from that perspective it’s definitely a disappointing result.
What was particularly disappointing was the way that Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner conducted themselves on the pitch late on in the match. Regular readers of the blog will know that I’m a huge fan of both players but for them to clash the way they did was a little bit ridiculous. I’ve noticed in the past when Adebayor has been substituted for Bendtner that they pair never really embrace the way most other players do so there might be a bit of personality clash for Wenger and the club to take a look at. I’m interested to see how it pans out and at least one of them (most likely Adebayor) should be apologising quick smart.
Regardless, the boys need to respond this weekend against Newcastle in the FA Cup. The other two losses this season (against Middlesbrough and Sevilla) have been followed up by victories and it’s imperative that Arsenal can find the spirit to bounce back again. I think they will and if so it will put the club in a good mood to tackle the same side for Premiership points just three days later.
That’s about all there is to say really. Hopefully Everton beat Chelsea 5-1 in the other semi-final later tonight. Wouldn’t that be something?
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