The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud did not have much luck in front of goal at the beginning of the season, and it only seemed a matter of time before Arsene Wenger gave Theo Walcott the opportunity to prove himself, which he did in good fashion.
Without Santi Cazorla out of the game, Arsenal were getting battered from all sides by Tottenham and not getting any service to our isolated forwards, so Per Mertesacker was very pleased when Matthieu Flamini replaced Santi at half time, and even more pace was injected into the team when Kieran Gibbs entered the attack force.
It really hits home how badly Arsenal’s injury list is affecting the squad, when Kieran Gibbs admits that he thought he was probably the most likeliest to be sent on when the Gunners were searching for an equalizer against Tottenham.
It is always a high-profile emotional affair when Arsenal take on Spurs, and it is the one game that both sets of fans really hate losing. But this time it is even more important, with the Gunners fighting for the League title and Tottenham hoping to jump into the Top Four if they get all three points.
Arsene Wenger does not set long term goals so early in the season, but he always says that you should look at the table after ten games to see which teams are in the title hunt. At this point we are joint top ahead of our crucial North London derby, having already played most of the top teams, and now he is looking towards the mid-season point.