Arsene Wenger knew that his team had to end a disastrous run of bad performances in yesterday’s North London derby, but nothing went according to plan early on when the ex-Arsenal Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham 1-0 up after just ten minutes.
Spurs were seemingly still in control of the game until a vey rash challenge by Adebayor on Santi Cazorla ten minutes later resulted in a straight red card for the Togo striker. Wenger admitted that this was the catalyst for Arsenal to go on and win the game.
Wenger said after the game: “Tottenham had a good start, we were a bit nervous and scored one goal when we made an adjustment mistake at the back, and a chance for a second goal. It looked like last season’s game, but then there was the turning point with the sending off of Adebayor.
“It certainly changed the game because Adebayor had a good start, he was lively. What I made of it was: it was not rose, it was not yellow, it was a red. I didn’t think at all when he was sent off that the game was won.
“We came back into the game and got what we wanted, which was to win the game. It is not always easy against 10 – we have won games with 10 men. I thought it could become even more difficult because they could have dropped back and waited for us, but we had the quality and movement to play through their lines and create chances. There were some outstanding individual offensive performances. In the second half you could see that the confidence was not completely still there, I hope that this result will help us.”
So the Gunners finally get their first win in November and as Arsenal have another crucial home game on Wednesday against Montpellier, and then a couple of dodgy away games against Villa and Everton, we can only hope that they regain their full confidence to win all three games….