So it was defense after all that aided the Gunners

2/29/12 in Soccer   |   ironhide10   |   31 respect

Tottenham Hot Spurs, lying at number three on the points table for English Premier League, received a strong set back after losing to Arsenal with a full time score of 5-2 this Sunday. To make matters worse, the team lost at the Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Fc despite the fact that the Spurs dominated the first half with a 0-2 lead but the second half turned out to be a deal breaker for the team and they lost by a landslide. This defeat, according to the team’s manager, Harry Redknapp, is due to the weak defense of the Spurs that also received a good dose of criticism after the match ended.
Arsenal managed a great come back and the second half was purely in their favor, with Thomas Rosicky scoring after almost a year and Theo Walcott assisted him In leading the team towards yesterday’s victory and help regain their old position on the points table.
After the match was over, Redknapp was extremely angry over his team’s defense and criticized them outright. From the Spurs, the scorers turned out to be the former United player, Louis Saha and former Gunner, Adebayor, the former goal being on a penalty kick.
The Gunners saw an impressive defense for the first 40 minutess of the game. The defense of the Spurs comprised of Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kyle Walker and Ledley King. However, this formation weakened abruptly during the second half of the game, to such an extent that the entire victory ran out of hands. Maybe it was because the team got over comfortable. Who knows?
However, according to Harry, he wasn’t even comfortable when his team was leading by 0-2. Football is highly unpredictable and one can never declare a proper victory unless the final whistle is blown.
It wasn’t only because the defense weakened at the end of the Spurs that made Arsenal win. Arsenal is, without doubt a strong team and they displayed wonderful series of counter attacks and handled the pressure maturely.
Harry was also perplexed by the overall defeat of his team. Tottenham has been performing too well this year to have suffered a defeat of this kind. The other statistic of the match apart from the full time score didn’t help Harry much either rather it added to his confusion and disappointment. The possession of the team well abruptly in the second half too.
Moral of the story according to Harry sums up in the defense of his team which was weak beyond words that evening. The score plus the impact that the defeat has created for the team is harder to sink in at the moment. Well. Its football. One has to get used to it. 
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