Arsenal saw off Tottenham in the North London derby at the Emirates Sunday, thanks to a 22 minute goal from Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.
On balance, Arsenal probably deserved their victory, although there were a few nervous moments during the five minutes of extra time, when Tottenham pushed everyone bar the goalkeeper forward in an attempt to salvage a point.
So Tottenham return to White Hart Lane in disappointment, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will doubtless believe that the victory has justified his lack of action during the summer transfer window so far. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, that victory probably means little action on the transfer front tomorrow too (the last day of the current window).
But Wenger unwittingly provided Tottenham with the perfect excuse for their defeat, and gave Spurs fans cause to think that the future remains bright, despite Sunday's setback. Wenger said a day or so ago:
'In our job there is a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad. I know that in England it's very well seen (to buy players), but it's always difficult when you bring so many players in to predict how well they will do'.
What Wenger was saying, of course, is that it may take time for Tottenham's current squad to gel, and that's what Tottenham fans will take away from the encounter today.
So, thanks to Wenger, Arsenal were really on a hiding to nothing - lose or draw and the knives would come out, win and, well, Tottenham are just getting their stuff together.
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