ARTETA’S BOYS DELIVER ‘TIPPING-POINT’ PERFORMANCE. IS SOMETHING SPECIAL BREWING?

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The afterglow of a North London Derby day win

is unmatched in football.

That was the Arteta Cup Final.

If he’d won 3 of the 4 games after the break and lost to Spurs, we’d still be in crisis. The fact he’s beaten our biggest rivals means he’ll get away with a draw at Brighton.

It’s quite simple to grasp what the fans wanted to know:

  • Can this new team play good football?
  • Can this new team hack the pressure of a big game?
  • Can this new team comprehend what the NLD means to the fans?

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NORTH LONDON DERBY DAY BLOG

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THE BIG DAY IS HERE.

Arsenal go to war with Tottenham at The Emirates.

The first MEGA game since fans have been allowed back in the ground.

The first game of this season that truly, truly counts.

This is a cup final, there is no doubt about it, the boys have to show up.

On paper, it’s quite simple for me. Arsenal have a better team, Spurs have better individual talent.

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100% FIT

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That’s the big news. Arsenal are 100% fit for the NLD this weekend. What a game this is.

Nuno started strong and has faded.

Arteta started so badly it made eyes bleed, but now there’s a glimmer something good might be happening.

Both fans are waiting to see if their season can get a massive boost from a mega performance this Sunday.

Arteta went for the heartstrings. He said there’s a difference between a fan and a supporter, and ‘supporters’ is what he’s had this season. I agree. The fans in the ground have been amazing.

‘It’s a privilege to play in front of people that have the knowledge of the history of the club, and they are fully behind the team’

Tomorrow is a huge one for us. We need to show at the ground. A massive atmosphere for our young squad will go a very long way. These players need Arsenal supporters in the down moments, if we give them what they need, they’ll be better for it.

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ESR AND SAKA THE MEN THAT SHOWED THE BOYS

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Well, the first game in a while I haven’t been able to properly review because I didn’t see it. I can’t even get it on ESPN after the game. Really weird to not have any coverage.

Still, at least the stadium saw 50,000 home fans for a game against a very small side. That’s fantastic. The fatalist view that the stadium would be empty this season seems to be as far off the mark as the idea the fans would make their feelings known in the stands.

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THE DEBUT WE WON’T SEE + DATA PROPAGANDA

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Well hello.

Arsenal are playing in the League Cup. Patino might start. But who can see it? Just the season ticket holders at the ground. Weird move to not show the game this evening.

Checkout my Patino song:

(to the tune of the Vieira song)

PATINOOOOOO OOHHHHH OHHH PATINOOOOOO OHHH OHHHH HE COMES FROM WATFORD TOWN, HE PUT PHIL JONES ON THE GROUND, PATIINNOOOOOOO OH OH OHHHHH

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BLIND FANS

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If I could, for a moment, take a sample of one, to make a grandiose point about Public Relations.

The most-read article of the past year on Le Grove was the Mike McDonald post titled: What is Arteta doing?

Does this mean I should retire? Possibly. Mike smashed me. Are my feelings hurt? Absolutely. But let’s turn this into a positive.

The insight: Fans don’t know what is going on at Arsenal.

If there is an information vacuum, we fill it. Have you seen the comment: ‘Arteta plays boring football because he was a boring player.’ That is what happens when you don’t know what the plan is.

Fans spent all summer in the dark as to what the plans were. We spent 3 games not really grasping what was happening at the club. Only this week have we started to get a bit of information regarding some of the realities.

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PER MERTESACKER DELIVERS THE MESSAGE STRAIGHT

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This is a huge week for the Arsenal project because there are two very different games that are both very, very important.

Firstly, the kids have to put on a good show in the League Cup. There’s a huge reason for them to show up and make a show of it. This is the main opportunity Patino, Omari, Balogun, and Hein will get to impress the coaching staff. Win this and they are rolling like a peak-Wenger team, lose and they’ll be banking on an injury crisis or a late loan.

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