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October 3, 2011 / benwolfson08

North London Derby: Tottenham 2 — Arsenal 1

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker celebrates with his team-mates after his second-half goal against Arsenal. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

In the North London Derby on Sunday morning, Arsenal went into White Hart Lane vs. Spurs as underdogs for one of the first times in the past few years.

Spurs midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart scored the first goal of the match on a ball some questioned was a handball. However, Van der Vaart made a nice play and shot the ball past Gunners keeper, Wojciech Szcznesy in the 40th minute.

Arsenal went into halftime down a goal in front of a rabid crowd at the Lane. However with Alex Song creating in the box and crossing it to midfielder Aaron Ramsey, the Gunners quieted the opposition while tying the game.

A win wasn’t in the cards for Arsenal, as Kyle Walker trickled in a goal in the 73 minute, which would seal a victory for Spurs.

The loss was troubling for Arsenal who still have not won a league away match since last April!

Some observations for the game. The defense was pretty woeful for the Gunners and it will only get worse as their most experienced defender and owner of the best hairstyle on the team, Bacary Sagna will be out for three months after breaking a fibula.

Besides having awesome braids the French outside-back was AFC's most experienced defender

He joins two other of Arsenal’s best players on the injury list: Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermaelen. Also injured are Johan Djourou and Abou Diaby.

The Gunners terrible defense is going to get even worse now and might have to start Carl Jenkinson, a summer signing from Charlton.

A couple random musings: I thought Francis Coquelin played excellent in his midfield role.

As much as I love Alex Song, I want him to be in the midfield where he can wreak havoc by tackling players and being aggressive. It’s unfortunate due to injuries and lack of depth he has to shift back to centre-back.

Also Szcznesy is putting himself in the conversation for best young goalkeeper in the Prem, if not the world. The Polish native has been dominant and made some unbelievable saves today for Arsenal. He has been much more impressive this season than Manchester United’s David de Gea. Best is, that Szcznesy is home-grown while Man U had to pay £18 million for De Gea.

The next Arsenal match isn’t until October 16th due to international play, but will be against Sunderland.

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