Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nasri blast away penalty superstition

Who says you can't win a free kick and take it yourself ? I don't know how this came about but it sure cost us two points at the Stadium of Light on saturday when Samir Nasri refused to take the spotkick after winning it in the first place. I believe he must have inherited this from Thierry Henry, who practised this superstition for years during his time with us. I didn't cost us much them as Henry always did have an excellent sidekick in Robert Pires to take over but as we saw on, these things can really bite you when it matters.

Arsene Wenger was clearly furious on saturday and it's was a good thing as well. If not for the manager's bollocking, I am sure Nasri would not have take the two penalties he won yesterday. Who knows it may have even cost us the match. Arsene said in a post match interview,

"He had a superstition to think that when the penalty is made on you, not to take it," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his club's biggest win at White Hart Lane in 32 years.

"I tried to prove to him that it's only based on fear. It's gone tonight...he realises now it was a bad superstition."

Well, I hope he has debunked the myth and will be taking more penalties because judging by the two yesterday, he is excellent at it.

Yesterday game really showed a determined Arsenal in the home of their greatest enemy. Every player was chasing the ball and closing down the opponent. The Spuds really didn't know how to play. Yes they left most of their first team players on the bench but so did we. I can recall how most of the analyst have proclaimed the Spuds having a very strong squad will a deep bench, well we prove them wrong didn't we? I don't think Fabianski had a save to make in the entire match bar the one he let in.

It was great seeing Henri Lansbury playing and getting a goal to boot. In the game, Arsenal had 3 future English internationals in Wilshere, Gibbs and Lansbury with another, Emmanuel Thomas on the bench. With many more English youngster coming up through the ranks, I wouldn't be suprise if the majority of the 2014 England team is made up of Arsenal players.

All in all it was sweet victory over the Spuds and at 4-1, our biggest at White Hart Lane for 32 years. The only dampener is Gibbs injury towards the end. Early reports indicate that he may have broken his metatarsal again but let's wait for the results and hope for the best.

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