After watching and then re-watching the North London Derby on Saturday evening it was clear that even though we went a goal behind we were clearly the better side and really the only team that wanted to win. But this is a more common tactic for when big sides play other big sides away from home, in that they come looking for a point. You only had to see the way their fans reacted at the end that they knew they got away with one.
Is this a tactic that perhaps Arsenal should bring into their game, that when we play away against the big sides first and foremost we play not to lose? Seems to work for Chelsea….
Anyway, I take the positives and I see the North London Derby as a usually tricky game and we couldn’t really expect to play the same Spurs side that had lost the week before especially so when this fixture is their cup final. To me its another game unbeaten in the league, and this habit will eventually start to work in our favour.
I read a lot of different blogs and its amazing how many believe that there is a crisis at our club, and that we are so way off form. Now, with this again I agree defensively there is a crisis waiting to happen if we get the slightest of injuries to any players in that area and also I agree we have not yet hit full speed compared to our start last year, but we are still unbeaten and its still early days. After game 1 last year when we lost to Villa again we were in crisis apparently.
Offensively we have players that are the best we’ve looked since the days of Pires and Henry and co. To me, a crisis is what we have currently at Newcastle not an unbeaten side in the top 4 after 6 games… but I could be wrong.
Saturday has given us a few injury problems in midfield, and it seems now that Arsenal seem to get far more injuries than any other top side. We have brought in a new fitness coach yet there must be something more sinister in our training regime that makes our players look as though any touch or niggle will see them miss a few weeks. Positively thinking though with these injuires we are fortunate as we have an influx of quality in that area of the field. Any problem now in defence would surely have left us exposed to go to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and after last season we need all cylinders to be firing from the off.
Games though in my opinion are decided on the slightest edge. If you remember just before Schurrle scored the first goal last season Giroud missed a chance that if it had gone in could have made a different outcome. Ok, you may say yes and if my aunt had balls she’d have been my uncle, and I would understand your point but you just never know how that match may have panned out if things were just ever so slightly in our favour.
So overall, with a huge game to come I feel there needs to be far more positivity around the side and the fans, we are still unbeaten (and still one of only 5 clubs in all 92 can say that), we have a good side that has another year developed and hopefully grown and we are going to the Bridge to make right our last seasons wrongs. I have been saying for a while that I feel something is happening with this side. I expect that something to happen come Sunday night.