But as well as his fairly impressive goalscoring abilities, the Arsenal skipper also talks a pretty good game. Following the Gunners’ 5-2 rout of their nearest and dearest, Van Persie pointed out that the praise for Spurs this season has been relentless. We’ve been told week in, week out that this is the greatest Tottenham team to have played in the Premier League, while Arsenal were, of course, finished. With no hope of finishing in the top four and having to endure yet another trophyless season, many Arsenal fans were beginning to lose patience with Arsène Wenger. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp is a football genius and the only manager on the planet capable of succeeding Fabio Capello as England coach.
But then the greatest ever Spurs side went and got convincingly turned over by the worst Arsenal side in the history of the Premier League. Questions were raised over Harry’s tactics after he saw his side blow a 0-2 lead against their biggest rivals. Since the North London derby, Tottenham have lost three games on the spin, while Arsenal’s dramatic late winner against Newcastle on Monday night completed a five-match winning streak for Arsène Wenger’s side in the league, leaving them a solitary point behind third placed Spurs. Earlier today on talkSPORT, people were as good as writing Harry off as England manager, citing his lack of tactical nouse as the reason why he has failed before even landing the bloody job. Right there is a reason for him to rule himself out of the running and avoid all the bull shit that comes with being England manager.
So just three weeks ago, Spurs were apparently title contenders. Now they’re looking over their shoulders at both Arsenal and Chelsea, who have been written off as no-hopers at various stages throughout the campaign. No doubt there will be people getting carried away once again: Tottenham have blown their top four chances, Arsenal have turned a corner etc. But it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that we still play an entire season and it is neither won or lost during the course of one or two games. In the real world, Spurs are still third and above Arsenal in the league. And there’s a long way to go. Having said that, it’d be a shame to deny everyone a knee-jerk reaction should Arsenal lose at Goodison and Spurs win at home against Stoke. As RVP said, it’s funny how football can be..
[quote]What’s funny is that people are discussing the best Tottenham team ever and the worst Arsenal team. And we just beat Tottenham. Funny how strange football can be.
Well put by Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie. Top corner.[/quote]