Comforted in the knowledge that they had a: secured victory against a fellow top-ranked team in the Premier League and b: that not matter what transpired through the rest of the weekend they would maintain a four point lead in the division, members of the Arsenal playing roster sat down on Sunday, November 25 to watch the Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur match knowing that one, or both of their rivals would be dropping points.
Having already lost four games, City trailed Arsenal by nine points heading into the Etihad Stadium tunnel while Spurs need no motivation to chase their bitter, local enemies. Tottenham, though, were in for a one-sided annihilation… with superb Spanish winger Jesus Navas requiring just 14 seconds to get himself on the scoreline.
There was no respite from the action, as a Sandro own goal, a brace from stand-out attacker Sergio Aguero and an Alvaro Negredo shot from 18 yards saw City go five goals up before the hour mark and Gunners legend took to Twitter to encourage more; a post that would be Retweeted by Emmanuel Frimpong.
Shot-stopper Wojtech Szczesny, who kept his sheet-clean against the Saints by producing a hat-trick of marvelous highlight-reel saves, also commented on a type of football that provided him with great delight - the type that embarrasses Tottenham.
The Spurs squad and, indeed, the Lilywhite support itself, will most likely remember the ribbing from enthusiastic Gunners over their defeat and, even though the loss effectively rules the White Hart Lane outfit out of the title-picture, they could still influence where the crown ends up.
After all, a mid-March home clash against Arsenal, during a period where Arsene Wenger's side hope to navigate their way through the Champions League knockout stages, could prove problematic due to cumulative fatigue, squad balancing and the fact it's a heated derby away from home for Arsenal.
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