Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal
Ok, Ok, letâ€™s get it out the way first: I know we let a two goal lead slip for the umpteenth time and I know we ended up drawing our fifth league game in six. And I am well aware that we continue to be deficient in the match-winning department. As for the t-word – well it stands for third, doesnâ€™t it?
But you know what – it was some match. Not one for the faint-hearted partisan fan, perhaps, but a proper humdinger of a football match all the same. Did either side deserve to lose?
There was the usual welter of misery on Twitter last night but Iâ€™m with @arse2mouse in feeling far more positive about things than Iâ€™m feeling negative.
Why? Well in the first half, the Arsenal that I can barely recall finally made a belated reappearance. We looked menacing pretty much every time we went forward, we attacked with pace, we snapped into tackles and we scored three lovely, well-worked goals. To see us play like that was just a joy. We all know weâ€™re capable of it, but itâ€™s just not been happening. Why it hasnâ€™t – well thatâ€™s been covered in acres of webprint here and elsewhere. I just wanted to see it back, and it was back.
As for the three goals conceded, well you can pick holes in Arsenal for a couple of them – this is Arsenal we are talking about, after all – but letâ€™s be fair, both of their goals from open play were excellent finishes. Szczesnyâ€™s penalty was hardly Eboue-esque – he made a snap decision to come out to rescue a dangerous situation and got the timing wrong. Also worth noting is how we defended for our lives at other times – Szczesny made a couple of excellent saves. It was frustrating, as ever, but to my mind hardly the Collaps-o-Arsenal we have seen elsewhere this season.
van Persie scored a goal that may have been onside – the infuriating roof support that ruins the camera view at the Spuds ground makes it hard to say with certainty – but they are the kinds of decisions that go one way or the other week in, week out.
So I could dwell on the inability to close yet another game down, or on the one point from six we have taken against the Spuds, having had two-goal leads in both matches. We are many of us pretty sure where the surgery – in the form of new players and new approaches – is required but to dwell on the negatives is no good for the soul. So Iâ€™m not going to. Iâ€™m done with that for now.
Besides, as James Lawton says in the Independent this morning:
â€œThere are times when there is simply nothing more to say about the sweet agonies of Arsenal.â€