Date: 18th November 2012 at 11:12am
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We just lost 5-2 to our North London rivals, but at least its an improvement on last season’s 5-2 loss! 

There are two parts to the analysis of a football match. One is the performance, and the other is the result. The result sucks, its incredibly frustrating that the headline will read 5-2 (thanks for giving them the last goal Jan! I still love you though). The performance however did not suck. I hate 4-4-2, but I must admit that for 17 minutes, it was working very well. 

Arsenal looked like rabbits in headlights and we could of been two up before Ade got sent off. After the red card we didn’t do so well, and that tells me we lacked a leader on the pitch, and a playmaker to take care of the ball and relive pressure. At half time we got a glimpse at the depth of tactical knowledge that AVB possesses. His switch to 3-4-1-1 was wonderful, and for 15 mins of the 2nd half, Arsenal looked pretty clueless. 

In the end, the movement and skill of Walcott and Cazorla won Arsenal the game. But our 2nd half performance gave me great hope. This is, after all, a Tottenham team missing Kaboul, BAE, Parker and Dembele, but could of easily been just 4-3 down had Bale not contracted the same disease of selfishness that afflicts Defoe! 

When you win, you celebrate. When you lose, you learn. I have learned a lot from this loss. The players gave their all in the 2nd half, which tells me they are buying into the managers ideas. Arsenal have a fully fit squad compared to our mini injury crisis, and needed a red card to beat us at their home, which tells me we have a better team than theirs. 

AVB knows his stuff, which means we finally have a manager who can spell tactics, let alone change them! The future is bright, the future is Carroll.

Written by Tactically Challenge