By Avenell Dave
Relax Gooners, it was only Tottenham!
Normal service resumed, the wide boys put in their place, Saturday's result made for a fine weekend.
But before we get carried away, let's remember who we were playing.
Not one of the other 'Big Four' nor even pretenders Citeh or Villa.
No, victory over T*tt*nh*m is always sweet simply because it shuts up all those loud mouths who seem to have forgotten that most of them weren't even born when their team last won the title.
To be fair to the visitors, having greater numbers in midfield and preventing us from playing the ball out from the back did create problems for us before the first goal.
But while Chavvy Redcrap says he say little difference between the two sides, he's about the only one who can truly believe that.
Remember, for messrs Modric, Defoe and RatBoy Lennon, we were without Rosicky, Walcott and Denilson, all regulars when fit.
But the fact that David C*ntley had their only meaningful shot on target - and that was straight down Almunia's throat - says it all.
Let's be honest, if Eduardo had had a couple more games under his belt and if Ramsey hadn't got the naivety of youth which distracted him when Bassong pulled up injured, we could easily have won by six.
What pleased me more than anything was the improvement in defensive areas.
Yes, someone needs to tell Gael Clichy to stop ball watching and get closer to wide players who so often exploit the gaps on our left that he leaves.
And Almunia never looks entirely comfortable, regardless of how much he has to do or not.
But in Vermaelen and Gallas, we had two players at the top of their game, who snuffed out everything.
Freaker Crouch was always going to win the aerial battles, but by shuffling him into awkward areas and preventing his team mates from getting to any knock-downs, it made his input impotent.
Star of the show, though was Alex Song without a doubt.
Even when his team mates tired, he had the energy and drive to snuff out the threat of T*tt*nh*m's midfield. It was an epic performance and one which finally proves what Arsene Wenger has said about the potential and development of the team.
I only hope he gets rested occasionally (Wolves??) So he doesn't get exhausted before the season is out, especially with the African Cup of Nations in January taking him away for a month. He has become crucial to us.
A special word for RvP as well. Great to see him score two poachers goals. If he stays fit, we have a chance.
I wonder how the substituted Shabby Keane feels today, eh Addicts?
By Avenell Dave