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Feb 272012
 

Some people seem to have made up their mind that Gareth Bale dived for yesterday’s penalty award. I happen to think he got the slightest of clips and when you’re running at that speed you will never be able to stay on your feet.

Let’s say you’re right and he did dive, is it only cheating if the penalty is awarded? Because from the match I was watching yesterday Gibbs tried to have a little dive as well but the ref saw straight through it but yet I don’t see many people criticising the Arsenal player for attempting to con the referee into awarding a penalty and let’s be honest if Bale did dive at least he made it look a bit more realistic, I bet 99% of you before seeing a replay thought it was a stonewall penalty!

However you can only be shot down by the media and the fans if the penalty gets awared, if it doesn’t then you get off with no mention of it ever again, until someone like me points out the obvious. I am one of the few people that think if you can earn your team a penalty by looking for it and going down after getting a slight touch then go for it, I played football to win games and in the modern game where so much is at stake can we blame the players of today? The football world governing bodies can’t be too bothered because if they wanted to stamp out simulation all they have to do is start hitting players with suspensions or teams with a points deduction, harsh punishments would eradicate the problem but if we didn’t have controversy then we wouldn’t have the beautiful game we know today. There would be nothing for pundits to talk about on Sky Sports, talkSPORT etc. So be careful what you wish for because we could take it too far and change our game into a boring game like cricket.

To Arsenal fans, well played yesterday you deserved the win, no sour grapes here but if you want to have a pop at Gareth Bale for what you perceived as a dive then I have 2 words for you….. Robert Pires

 Posted by at 15:18
Feb 262012
 

I’ve put some streams in the forum for you to enjoy.

Many are touting us  as favourites but Arsenal have home advantage so expect a North London Derby like never before.

Starting Luneup
Here’s our team v Arsenal – Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale; Adebayor, Saha.

 Posted by at 12:33
Feb 262012
 

Streams will be live in the forum from 1pm

It looks as though Rafa and Ade have won their race for fitness ahead of today’s North London Derby. Harry will have a tough decision to make, whether to throw Van der Vaart straight back in which leaves Adebayor isoloated by hisself up front or whether to stick to playing the two up front which served him so well against Newcastle.

For the first time in a long time Harry will have three fully fit quality center backs to choose from, the fans seem to think that Kaboul should partner Ledley at the back which will mean only a place on the bench for Dawson. Kaboul is favourite to get the nod due to his fine form which has seen him be noted as one of the top defenders in the league this season.

Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale will take to the wings aiming to cause Arsenal all sorts of problems, Luka and Parker will resume their roles in midfield. Kyle Walker who got the winner in the reverse fixture will hope to haunt The Gunners again and BAE has recovered following his operation which has seen Danny Rose deputize.

Possible Starting XI

Friedel

Walker

King

Kaboul

Bae

Lennon

Modric

Parker

Bale

VDV (or Saha/Defoe)

Adebayor

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 Posted by at 09:46
Feb 232012
 

You can count only a handful of times this season when we have had more than 2 fit center backs (not including Bassong I mean decent defenders) but this Sunday will pose Harry with a real headache.

It’s pretty much a given that Ledley King will be at the hear of our defence but just who partners him at the back, is it Michael Dawson or Younes Kaboul? Dawson is reliable and experienced but Kaboul has arguably been our best defender this season and has looked great when paired with Ledley but then again I could look great if I was playing alongside Ledley.

Kaboul scored the winner in the fixture last season after we overturned a 2 goal defecit to win 3-2 and maybe possesses the greater aerial ability and pace. Dawson may however be more switched on as Younes occasionally goes to sleep although not as much as he used to, he really has cut out a lot of mistakes which have made him the defender he is today, my only concern is that Kaboul does get carried away and like to wander off on a solo run with the ball and could leave us exposed to the pace of one or two of the Arsenal players as we saw last season when Corluka was left square on with Walcott and got left for dead for the opening goal in the 3-3 draw at the Lane.

It really is a toss of a coin, you could argue a case for either and you would support whoever Harry decides to play, he could go 3 at the back with wing backs but I doubt it. My choice I think would be Kaboul……just!

Take your pick or toss a coin..

 

 Posted by at 20:23
Feb 222012
 

This season as unquestionably thrown up a few surprises, after last season I expected for us Spurs fans at best we would battle it out with Arsenal for 4th place but things have gone better than expected and it now leaves Arsenal fighting it out with Chelsea but it seems neither of them want it.

Both Arsenal & Chelsea are lacking, need a new injection of 4 or 5 players each, Wenger has stuck by his youth policy and finding players on the cheap but it seems as though his midas touch may have finally deserted him. Chelsea have allowed their team to grow old and now require a few new players to get the team back to the top and AVB is paying the price for this.

4th place is well and truly anyones, even Liverpool are in with a shout as they seem to be finding some form. We play both Chelsea and Arsenal over the next month, if we can get something then 3rd place is all but sealed which will leave the rest to battle it out for the final CL place.

At the back has been a real problem for Arsenal & Chelsea this season, Chelsea are a shadow of the team that once boasted the best defence in the Premier League but now they have the likes of David Luis in the heart of it, a player who is too scared to make a tackle and they are consequently shipping in goals like there is no tomorrow. Torres cost Chelsea £50m and hasn’t scored a goal in something ridiculous in like 20 games and is becoming a laughing stock. Arsenal surprisingly are no better, the team that once graced the Premier League with what I think is the best football the top flight in England has seen since the Liverpool of the 80s are now just a flickering flame about to go out. Mertesacker was brought in at the back but it seems he isn’t as good as many thought and Arsenal too are leaking goals. Arsenal’s only saving grace this season has come in the form of Van Persie who has scored more goals than I can be bothered to research but failure to finish 4th may mean they wave goodbye to their talisman at the end of the season.

I am not jumping the gun, it’s not granted that we will finish 3rd or even 4th but I am confident that we now have a better team than our rivals, we have sat back and watched for years in jealousy and now maybe its our turn for a few years of dominating London. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been poor this season, maybe Chelsea more so as maybe they were expected to do better, I think the Arsenal fans might have seen this coming for their team but the question is, just who has fallen the furthest from grace? The Gooners or Chelski?

 Posted by at 20:19
Feb 202012
 

Twenty-Four hours later, the dust has settled and from my view, I can see a clear road to Wembley after being drawn at home to Bolton in the quarter final of the FA cup, providing we see off Stevenage….
It was a lacklustre performance from us and nothing short of expectation at the Lamex stadium in Hertfordshire. An unfamiliar line-up was followed by a typical Tottenham display against lowly opposition in a game where we barely created a chance.
However, no panic buttons were pushed as the final whistle blew on a rare sun-soaked February afternoon. We were still in the draw for the last sixteen and providing we avoided away trips to Stamford Bridge or Anfield I was confident that 2012 could well be our year of domestic cup success. A home tie against Bolton Wanderers awaits the winner of our replay with Stevenage, perfect.
I can almost smell the print from the over-sized and over priced FA cup final match day programme and I don’t think many would bet against us lifting the trophy for the first time since the year of my birth.
It is a competition that a minority of managers have snarled at in recent years, much to my disgust. The irony is that for managers such as “I did not see it” a lack of silverware is costing them jobs as inevitably that is what football fans pay hard earned wage to go and witness.
Ultimately, with the prospect of FA cup glory and a top four finish looking very promising, the stage is set for ‘Arry’ to go and manage England with his reputation at Spurs untarnished. However, he should stay with us regardless…
Note: I have the feeling that if we win at Emirates on Sunday which we can, Wenger’s excuses will not be enough to save his deteriorating position and how fantastic would that be? Gooners in turmoil and a 13 point gap between us. Just a thought….
To dare is to do.

Feb 192012
 

With Arsenal out, Chelsea drawing and both Manchester sides already out, the FA Cup has our name written all over it this season. The last time we won the cup was back in 1991 but I can see this year being our year. Get a home draw in the next round if all goes to plan today and who knows.

The match will have links and streams in the forum for those of you abroad and who don’t have ITV.

Starting XI

Tottenham

Cudicini, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Nelsen, Rose, Livermore, Parker, Bale, Defoe, Saha

Subs – Friedel, King, Khumalo, Kranjcar, Lennon, Luongo, Dawkins. 

 

 Posted by at 12:59
Feb 142012
 

Arsene Whinger has been asked about Arsenal’s match against AC Milan in the CL last 16 and has said of how he studied Spurs victory over the Italian giants last season.

“I have seen [that game], yes,” he said. “Milan had a lot of the ball and Tottenham caught them on the break at the end of the game.

“You never decide when you break, you break when you can. It was a game which was vastly dominated, especially in the second half, by Milan.

“We will not decide at the start of the game that we will sit in our half  if we have to, like Tottenham did. We will do it and then try to catch them on the break.

“But at the start we will try to get out of our own half and try to get up there and play. Spurs won the game when they were dominated, but that’s football today.”

So Wenger clearly gives us no credit, he must have been watching a different game to everyone else because we had our fair share of the match.

How silly is he going to look for slagging off our performance when Arsenal lose tomorrow?

 Posted by at 22:38
Feb 142012
 

Tottenham have apparently signed São Paulo defender Bruni Uvini on loan until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the period. The 20 year old Brazilian is expected to arrive in London tomorrow and if he impresses during his loan spell will sign a permanent deal at the end of the season.

”It’s a great opportunity that came up and I couldn’t let it pass me,” Uvini told São Paulo’s official website.

”Tottenham are a big club with worldwide exposure, and they’ve asked me to present myself.

”I have just over three months to adapt myself to English football, to the club and the culture. I will grow up a lot in my professional and personal life with this choice.”

Well the transfer window is shut so don’t expect to see this guy in the first team.

 Posted by at 19:16