Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal – 24/01/07 – (Carling Cup) 25 January, 2007Posted by lasagnechef in Cup Games.
You’ll never beat The Arsenal, not even the Reserves. We found ourselves in an unfamiliar position 2-0 down to the scum but our youngsters fought on and could’ve even won. We started with Kolo and Senderos at the back, Fabregas in the middle and weirdly Diaby out wide. Denilson accompanied Cesc in the middle but I don’t understand why. Abou is not a wide player and neither is Denilson technically but he did an excellent job there at Anfield. Diaby didn’t get the chance to impress on the left, hopefully he’ll see a few games more centrally in his comeback. The man of the night was Baptista. He scored 3 goals, 2 for us and 1 for them; he had a nightmare first half but looked more like himself in the second.
Tottenham started well and were looking quite dangerous. They opened the scoring early in the 12th minute. Defoe crossed in, Toure wasn’t able to get to it and it arrived nicely for Berbatov who just had to nod it in past Almunia. A really simple goal and one we really should’ve stopped. The goal scorer was on form, he started very well but luckily for us he picked up an injury and was subbed off for the pikey.
I was feeling a bit more confident now but just when I thought we’d come back Spurs doubled their lead. Graham Poll (who was once again shocking, I can’t believe I used to respect this guy) awarded an extremely generous free kick to Spurs in a decent position just wide of the box. Huddlestone sent in a low cross with pace and went in off Baptista past the stranded Almunia. Arsenal 0 Tottenham 2 and the yidos were loving it. Our first half was terrible, we didn’t create anything and the full strength Spurs side were dominating the game. We nearly got one back just before half time. Fabregas’ corner cleared the heads in the box and the ball fell to The Beast’s feet, he swung a left foot at it and it must have hit his other leg or something and he missed an absolute sitter.
So 2-0 at half time but the Gooners were still in full voice. I love our fans. Losing by two clear goals to our most fierce rivals and still singing our hearts out. The teams came out for the second half and there was bit of a delay becasue Poll couldn’t remember who’d kicked off the first half, what a fucking twat. We started off much better in the first half but we were still lacking that final quality, a change was needed.
Within 5 minutes, Hleb and Eboue came on for an injured Aliadiere and unimpreisve Diaby out on the left. Theo moved up front and Eboue took over at right midfield, that extra pace and quality really helped us and Emmanuel was getting down the wing well. Also Hleb’s dribbling ability was penatrating the Tottenham defence and causing problems. It made an immediate impact, Dawson cleared off the line from Senderos’ header and Baptista’s free kick hit the wall. Our first goal came in the 64th minute. Eboue on the right picked out Baptista on the edge of the box. He drove into the box and whilst falling, played a one-two with Walcott. Julio got back on his feet and slotted the ball past Robinson. We were still losing to the scum but the Arsenal section went mad, everyone was on top of the seats and I got on the fencing next to me. Have some of that you bagel-eating cunts.
We had confidence now but Spurs nearly got their third. Keane was played a ball over the top and was through on goal. He was given offside but the replay shows Senderos keeping him onside. It would’ve been a very different game if it had gone to 3-1 but luckily it didn’t. Not long after that we equalized, Fabregas spotted Hoyte’s run down the right and played a beautiful pass to set him free. Robinson, the fucking looney came out to stop the cross and Justin simply squared it to The Beast who finished in the empty net. The travelling fans went insane; I fell down about three rows celebrating but it was well worth it. “2-0! And you Fucked it up!” we sang and that’s exactly what happened. ‘England’s no.1’ did us a huge favour coming out but that goal wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Cesc.
The yids shut up for the rest of the game showing they’re just as shit as the ground they play in. We should’ve won really, the home fans were desperate for the final whistle, we were on a roll. Tottenham nearly scored though but Almunia made a world class save. Manuel was forced to come out when Defoe got through, he tried a cheeky but Almunia pushed it wide. It finished 2-2 and probably a fair reflection on the game; first half we were poor but in the second half Spurs were equally as bad. It’s half time in the fixture and I’m extremely confident our boys are off to Cardiff to face Chelsea.
Three plays picked up injuries. Hleb’s going to be out for at least 4 weeks with a hamstring injury, he was only on the field for half an hour coming on for Diaby but Flamini had to come on for the last 5 minutes. Eboue’s and Aliadiere’s injuries aren’t as bad, both will be doubts for Sunday but are expected to be fit for the 2nd leg.
After the game there was a bit of violence in the streets between the rival fans. As we came out the stadium there were lines of police with dogs, I thought there might be a bit of trouble but nothing like this. Massive fights broke out and riot police tried to break things up. There was this one bloke in an Arsenal jacket being shoved around and getting stuff thrown at him. Me and this other bloke were trying to cover him up but the yids were ruthless and it became obvious I was a Gooner too so I just got out of there. I wasn’t up for getting my head kicked in. In the end a main group of Arsenal fans were diverted around the stadium and I was left with the Tottenham fans. I had my colours on underneath but I am never risking it by wearing Arsenal clothes there again.
Have a good day.