Sorry to break this to you, Arsenal fans, but we were totally outplayed by Tottenham yesterday, according to the Spurs boss Andres Villas-Boas. He must be allergic to points, then, because his Spurs side controlled their way out of winning any.
“We were in control from the first minute to the last. It’s very easy to go and do 20, 25 passes against an opponent with 10 men plating three at the back.
“I don’t think the sending off changed the running of the game. We looked in control apart from, I believe, 10 minutes from half time, which for me are the decisive moments.”
Maybe AVB was somewehere else, but it seemed to me that Arsenal ran Spurs ragged after Adebayor made it easier for us. Spurs did start well, but we started badly and Mertesacker went missing for the goal, but we have been doing that sort of thing recently. We have also been dominating possession and scoring goals, which we did again yesterday.
I thought that Spurs would be compact and tight when they went down to 10 men, as they were in the lead. Maybe they tried to, but it didn’t work. To be fair, Adebayor’s presence would not have made a great deal of difference to our attacking play, because he is a striker, but it did give us the impetus to push more forward.
Spurs were rubbish after we equalised, and would not have got a second goal if Mert had not gone to sleep again, perhaps it was all too easy at that point. It’s true that nerves affected Arsenal at 4-2, but that is because of recent results against Schalke and Fulham, not because Tottenham were dominating the game.
The Tottenham boss is obviously trying to give his players something to feel positive about, because a demoralising derby defeat can have lasting effects. If Arsenal were controlled yesterday, let’s hope it happens more often