Premier League performance of the week: Arsenal
by, 27th February 2012 at 07:26 PM (5329 Views)
This week's performance of the week was Arsenal’s 5-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur.
Following the defeat to Milan in the Champions League and FA Cup exit at Sunderland, Arsenal’s season was in danger of imploding as they trailed their North London rivals by two goals on home soil after little more than half-an-hour.
In this, their 150th league meeting, Tottenham Hotspur looked like increasing their chances of finishing above their hosts for the first time since 1995 when former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor became only the second player after Jimmy Robertson to score for both teams in derby matches.
Indeed, Spurs fans were looking forward to back-to-back league wins at the home of the Gunners for the first time since 1926.
Ironically, Spurs had recovered from two goal deficits in two of their last three visits to the Emirates but, this time, Arsenal turned the game and their fortunes around in a thrilling 28 minute spell when they scored five goals.
Although Robin Van Persie almost inevitably notched his 22nd goal in his last 23 Premier League appearances with a brilliant strike to bring the scores level before half-time, the other scorers were less predictable.
The vewry impressive right-back Bacary Sagna scored his first-ever goal at the Emirates to start the comeback. Tomas Rosicky, in arguably his best performance for the club, netted his first league goal since January 2010. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott personified Arsenal's remarkable transformation. The subject of disquiet from some sections of the supporters in the first-half, the England international responded in the best possible way with a second-half brace - his first Premier League goals at the Emirates since December 2010.
This was the first time that Arsenal had won a Premier League game after trailing by two goals since they beat Bolton Wanderers in January 2010 - whilst Tottenham have now conceded five goals in two league games in the same season for the first time since 1992-93.
Coincidentally, Arsenal’s season collapsed on the day of the Carling Cup Final last year. Could it be that on the same day this year, their season has been saved?
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