Spurs v Arsenal review – Fabulous Flamini fires Gunners through

For people expecting a fierce local derby it was a slow and tentative start from both sides and that probably suited Arsenal better after two defeats in a row. No one could have predicted that this game would belong to Mathieu Flamini though, but I will say that I had called for him to start and give the Gunners some steel.

I certainly did not expect him to score two great goals mind. Just as the game was getting a bit more interesting he struck the opener, making a great instinctive run of a striker and lifting it over Vorm after the Spurs keeper could only Parry a fierce shot from the Ox.

That did wake the spuds up though and they pressed us and Arsenal had to defend hard and pick up a few bookings as well. After the break it was all Tottenham and we were really struggling so it was no big surprise that they drew level, even though it was unlucky with Chambers deflecting a cross past Ospina.

Arsenal were flat but the arrival of Alexis Sanchez for Campbell gave us energy and all of a sudden we were back in the game and creating chances. The Chilean was involved in our second but all the credit has to go to Flamini for his peach of a volleyed finish.

There was still a fair bit of time but Arsenal defended well and kept the ball much better than before. Ramsey was great and it was an encouraging game all round but the night belongs to the forgotten Gunner. Take a bow Mathieu Flamini.

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78 Comments

  1. ranger says:

    ballon d’or goes to flamini.

    1. jaydicksy says:

      What if Flamini had gone to Galatasaray lol

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Seriously??? No disrespect but that just average Spurs. All the same, Flamini was very good.

        1. Champagne Charlie says:

          Credit where it’s due, everything Flamini touched came off tonight. But looking at the bigger picture I can’t be too inspired by how we narrowly edged a garbage Spurs team. They were making progress not too long ago but that Spurs outfit were absolute muck.

          Focusing on the Arsenal: Giroud looks lost, Ox has no end product, and Rambo shouldn’t make the 11. Tip my cap to Gibbs, Chambers, and Ospina who were all nice and solid, also good seeing Debuchy recover from a terrible first half to find his feet in the second. We’re through, danger averted.

          1. Goonsquad8 says:

            But also look at the fact that we made 10 changes to the side so we weren’t exactly going to be at our free flowing best. But I agree Ramsey was poor, Ox was so-so and I can only put so much blame on giroud cause he’s a ST who thrives on service and today he had 0. But he definitely could’ve done some things better

            1. Goonsquad8 says:

              O and Campbell wasn’t great going forward granted he didn’t get the ball in too many dangerous positions but he put in a real shift in there were numerous times he ran the entire length of the pitch covering for debuchy

            2. Champagne Charlie says:

              No thanks, I’m pretty sick of hearing excuses for why we aren’t playing well or why we lose matches. It’s not that we lacked fluidity, we lacked pretty much anything which has been the case several times this season already.

              Grateful we edged the scum, but that’s about all the positivity I can draw from the game along with some solid defensive performances…..which tells its own story. We’re renowned for attacking flair yet Giroud, Ox, Campbell, Rambo were among the worst players on the pitch with only Campbell having cause for being so peripheral. Effort and drive should be a given, the quality was severely lacking from all quarters in attack and that’s a major concern.

              1. juhislihis says:

                OFF TOPIC,

                We got Sheffield Wednesday AWAY for the next round

                1. Johannesburgunner says:

                  Chelsea got Stoke. Shawcross was at least remorseful and cried after breaking Ramsey’s leg. Hope he does the same to Costa and we can all laugh.

            3. jaweant says:

              The second Sanchez came on we looked dangerous. We created chances. Giroud almost found the net. We have no back up to Sanchez and Le Coq. Two of our best currently. I’m surprised we held them back with Mert, Chambers, and Gibbs. Gibbs could be so great but he gets out of position and never seems sure of what he’s supposed to do? Flamini fighting for a spot. Love it.

          2. KickAssFan says:

            “Ox has no end product”, very true. Does something very nice then sh*ts on it.

            Giroud??? Honestly, frustration is not something anybody can easily handle, but he should rested. There’s something I saw in his eyes and I immediately felt pity for him. He’s not good enof, but he also seems emotionally and psychologically down.

    2. mobaygunner says:

      its happen again its hapen againnnnn totnum hopspr#ms its happen AGAIN

    3. Durand says:

      Congratulations to Flamini, take a bow sir.

      Somewhere the grass is blue, the sky is green, and pigs are flying.

      Flamini > Giroud.

    4. SoOpa AeoN says:

      ONCE SANCHEZ CAME ON!…………

    5. SoOpa AeoN says:

      The game was Fair and completely UnDEANable……..

    6. Johannesburgunner says:

      At least We were not DEANIED a victory by a cheating ref.

    7. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

      I remember all the Arsenal experts WEEPING, SCREAMING, failing themselves that Flamini should be gone.
      The same shrimp sized penes are here now claiming they are his biggest supporters.

      Damn !

      1. rkw says:

        Lol when 4th place junkies start turning to flamini as their new supplier!!!! Stick to the wenger juice it’s more reliable for what you need

  2. vish says:

    IF this was destiny’s only reason that Flamini did not leave us during the summer then i am more than happy. 😀
    For me has done it more than enough for this season with just these 2 goals. 😛

    Wenger in press conference- Flamini is the secret striker i have been hiding. 😀

    1. ranger says:

      thank god our DM start scoaring otherwise we can’t rely on Olivier Giroud.

      1. vish says:

        I think Flamini was occupying the attacking midfielder position on both the goals. Was it by chance or a strategy ? Who knows. 😀

        1. Twig says:

          He usually goes forward a lot when playing with Arteta. And he’s got a decent shot on him too.

  3. JohnieB says:

    He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants, CHICKEN FLAMINI, he scores when he wants!

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    The FLame tutoring Giroud how to do it in front of goaL
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    While himself (the fLame) is a defensive disaster waiting to happen!

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    Tnx 4 the goaLs !

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    (Btw….the ref was careful not to hurt the Arsenal L()L )

  5. davidnz says:

    Deserved win.

  6. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Our Capital one cup back four was a timebomb waiting to happen!………. Phew

  7. RedReigns says:

    A volley that Podolski would be proud of! Pick that one out of the net! Hahaha COYG!

  8. Koss the Boss says:

    Super result. Very suprised with Flamini but respect were it is due, did a job when was needed if that is his contribution for the season then more than happy he stayed. Brilliant for the fans this evening

  9. Goonsquad8 says:

    good win against our bitter rivals and well done to the flame!!! my word what a volley for the 2nd that ball had hang time.

    And you fans are pathetic you lot know who you are.

  10. Goonsquad8 says:

    we love you arsenal, we do
    we love you arsenal, we do
    we love you arsenal, we do
    OOOOOO ARSENAL WE LOVE YOU

  11. SoOpa AeoN says:

    unexpected man of the match with 2 fantastic goals……… Trust me , those goals were world-class…… But the same can’t be said of the scorer! L()L

  12. arsenalkid1970 says:

    The OX should start games TW should start games and O G should be sold to division 1 team just crap. The game was crap yeah we won but it’s just not Arsenal is it. AW needs to buy in Jan and big coz top 4 will be very hard. Ozil looks like a player that wants to go. End of the game he just walked of with a face like thunder.

    1. Robertthegooner says:

      Idiotic statement about Giroud

      1. arsenalkid1970 says:

        He’s a man that is over rated

      2. arsenalvienna says:

        ok sell him back to france.
        and lets use our warchest to get lewandowski.all of it if necessary! 5 goals in 10 minutes – that guy is a goal machine.

    2. arsenalvienna says:

      the truth and nothing but the truth

      1. arsenalvienna says:

        @arsenalkids first comment (the low rated!?!?!)

  13. vince says:

    don t underestimate a win vs spurs as a moral boost.

    one game does not define a player, but i think we over-criticize the likes of flame bc we desperately want an upgrade. he bleeds arsenal and can do a job, so get behind him or our captain as long as coq is out (yes we need another dm, but it could be worse). gave us some grit in an away game vs a determined spurs side.

    we have a B-team that is very decent, i dont mind the likes of campbell, debuchy, gibbs and ospina being our backups, they wld start at other epl teams. came there, got a win, rested players. this is what should have happened vs zagreb. really makes me happy to see some players putting in good shifts, giving wenger a head ache. also like AW team selection , especially RAMSEY THROUGH THE MIDDLE and TWO ACTUAL WINGERS.

    will do, wish i cld get get drunk , if not for work tmrw. night mates

    1. arsenalkid1970 says:

      M D is crap and Arsenal need to buy big

    2. Goonsquad8 says:

      plus we have wilshere, welbeck, and rosicky coming back from injury. our squad is pretty deep

  14. Uzi Ozil says:

    It always feels good winning a derby game. Can’t Complain. Thank You Flamini, I’ll never forget your two goals tonight in a hurry. We wanted you Out from the club but thank You for those goals.

  15. SoOpa AeoN says:

    “FLAMINI is worLd class………extend his contract” – Hafiz Rahman

    1. Big Gun says:

      His value has doubled, now is the time to sell Wenger!

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Exactly……….and Galatasaray must be thinking……. “Damn!….Look what we missed this summer”..we’d be back in january

  16. Goonsquad8 says:

    And i thought chambers played well he was our best defender by a long shot, he looks quicker and looked strong. you can see his confidence is coming back to him I hope he keeps on improving he has a bright future ahead.

    And i liked to see him step up and stop attacks before they start but the bad thing was that Mert was the guy to cover his space behind him lol. When he plays with kosc or gabriel, those step ups will be helpful like our german does.

  17. KickAssFan says:

    OG 1—2 Arsenal

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      OG 1-2 Flamini

  18. South african gooner says:

    Lol flame be oozing confidence LMAO!

  19. NIKK says:

    Old boys did well!

  20. Big Gun says:

    Well done Flamini MOTM. Otherwise Chamberlain was the best player on the pitch. Ramsey had one or two good through balls, but the rest of the game he was rubbish to be honest. Giroud, as inconsistent as ever. It should have been him poaching the goal, not Flamini. Debuchy was horrible first half and needs to shake off the rust. Mertesacker won some crucial air balls and was our best defender. What else can be said, we beat a first string Spurs team with our B team. LOL

  21. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    And by the way, except the own goal Chambers was excellent…

    1. RSH says:

      100% agree. Hope people don’t blast him today because he was actually very good. And kept covering for Debuchy’s nonsense.

    2. Goonsquad8 says:

      I said the same thing a few posts up he looked REALLY good. His positioning, his turn of pace has absolutely improved, he’s strong in the tackle and Im liking what I’m seeing. Hope his improvement continues!

  22. RSH says:

    Good for us to finally win. The team played like they were put together at the last minute, because they were. Ramsey as main creator…. no, and Arteta somehow got through the game without getting a 2nd yellow and did a bit better 2nd half. Chambers wasn’t too bad either imo and the goal resulted from Deubchy being MIA for basically the whole game, and poor communication. Gibbs was actually not bad but Monreal is still overall better. Giroud didn’t have much to do, didn’t have a clear chance either. Vorm was quick to smother his only real effort. Theo… gotta finish that one at the end if you wanna be our main striker. Overall we worked hard today and got the win so I’m happy more for the fighting spirit rather than this meaningless competition. And last but not least FLAMINI!!!

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @RSH
      Flame always manages to make goals that other our forwards should be making, by getting into spaces they should be…Tonight he did it twice. That says a lot about our guys upfront.

  23. Demwan Jones says:

    Giroud out

  24. Greg says:

    Must give flamini some credit for his 2 goal effort!

  25. Gigi2 says:

    LOL
    I always liked The Flame and even if deserved I kind of felt for the guy with a lot of comments against him.
    So kudos to him and showing some class.
    Two goals vs Spurs..at their backyard…priceless

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Gigi2
      He’s one of the few “fighters” we have…

  26. SoOpa AeoN says:

    ONCE SANCHEZ CAME ON!…………

  27. Tyno says:

    Demwan Jones in…then

  28. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Same as you!!

  29. najeeb says:

    Flamini should be in for coqueline if coq is injured.. arteta should be 3rd choice

  30. luvdaguns says:

    we are not generating goals from giroud, alexi, santi or ramsey, this spells huge problems, with some its unpopular, but giroud is now complete with 3 seasons and into his fourth, he consistent at 13 goals per season in the EPL, that is one goal per 3 matches, unless flamini scores tw o goals per match, this will never win the EPL, Giroud is what he is, he will not get better, unless we get a 20+ front man, we will not win,

  31. HA559 says:

    Vs Leicester, Flamini in? Has to be, high on confidence, maybe not DMF but b2b.

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      If Le coq can play then I say hell ya play the flame as the b2b next to him

  32. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Next round draws

    Man City vs Crystal Palace
    Stoke vs Chelsea
    Man Utd vs Middlesbrough
    Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal

    So we got an easier draw while others getting a tougher draw except Man Utd maybe….

  33. olabans says:

    i don`t even know who is better between matial and giroud

    1. Wayne Barker says:

      Too early to compare but I for one know which striker I would have and thats not the french striker playing for us.

  34. Wayne Barker says:

    A very important win. Nothing scintillating but a win is what is we needed.

    PS. That martial kid scored another forward like goal, man I wish we were the ne spending 36 million and took a gamble on him.

  35. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Who wanted Mat out of the club? I for one think he should pla along side F Q

  36. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I can’t believe that people are still giving Flamini grief ?
    That so called old boy could play on till his 40 lol

    Played 1 scored 2
    our best player so far,
    wenger was right we didn’t need a DM or striker ?
    we have Flaminiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ??

  37. luvdaguns says:

    gibb’s line save, dimply sublime

  38. Ronny331 says:

    All the flamini haters and tonight he saved our ar*e! He may be feisty and pick up a lot of cards, he may be too old, he may not have the level of play we need anymore etc but I’d still have him back up coquelin overaeteta anyday. We forget they he is the only player left from the era and team of fighters that I remember and still thonk of the real arsenal! Well done mathieu, (I obviously mean flamini not debuchy who was shocking tonight). We did learn from tonight that a number of our baxk up fringe players are simply not good enough as cover.

  39. mark says:

    Oh when the Spuds go marching home..

  40. gmv8 says:

    He had a point to prove, and boy did he prove it!

    Complete contrast to Campbell, who I thought would come out in a similar frame of mind, but there wasn’t too much from him.

  41. GoonAR says:

    Flamini had a great game but we should have better options as a backup to Coquelin if we’re going to be a title challenging team. We’re obviously stuck with him since we didn’t reinforce.

    I’ll cheer for him as long as he keeps wearing an Arsenal shirt but that doesn’t make my opinion change that he should’ve already been replaced.

  42. Okayblack says:

    This is not the Arsenal we wanna see… A win over Spuds feels go d anyday but man, Arsenal has fallen too low & doesn’t seem to get better. Wenger needed to reinforce in d summer but the rest is history… Another wasted season. Another Wenger excuse…
    Wenger Out, Giroud Out, quality in!!!!!!

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