Van Persie’s heroics are not enough to save Arsenal’s title hopes

It’s over. And just as well.
Gives Arsene more time to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to budge Arsenal past the also ran status. If one is fine with third place and a possible CL quarterfinal result then do not tinker with this squad. If however, Wenger thinks the present composition is going to get us a Premiership title then he lives in Pandora.
Again mental lapses cost us the match as Bakary Sagna’s dawdling kept Gareth Bale onside for the wingback to score Spurs second goal. It was a killer. Earlier Broadway Danny Rose, became an instant hero when on his debut he lashed an incredible 30 yard volley into goal. Almunia should have done better.
Today it was Arsene’s soft tactics that also cost Arsenal the match. Two goals down and the title on the line, he brings on Van Persie with just over 20 minutes left in the game. Walcott was brought on much after halftime. It was a delay that proved to be significant.
Walcott provided much needed pace but when Van Persie came on the attack caught fire. The two combined to give Bendtner his goal and the last 10 minutes were a riveting duel of shots and saves. But that was it, Arsenal’s usual second half display of guts and glory was not enough to overcome our lack of smarts. We are not a well disciplined team. But lets give credit where due- Sol Campbell had a great game.
Wenger has never been accused of being hardnosed. But if there was a day when it was warranted, this was it.

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