Doing the Double: Arsenal Drop Tottenham Again

Brad SimkuletSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2007'm not usually one to gloat, but I can't help taking a moment to brag about Arsenal's pulling the league double over Spurs this season.

The Gunners have finally reached the point where they're starting to replay other teams, and the Spurs double is important in a few ways.

First, the Spurs fought hard, and Arsenal's defense had to be very sharp against the always dangerous Robbie Keane and the burgeoning form of Dimitar Berbatov.

Berbatov scored one, but he could have scored more. And Keane should have scored two. Manuel Almunia made a fine save on the penalty (the first penalty shot I can remember him saving), and the defense did well, even if they got lucky here and there.

Second, the Gunners have passed all their tests so far this season. There really should be no more of the "Arsenal haven't yet been tested" talk—although there probably will be.

Third, the first-team squad has ensured that even if Spurs beat the Younger Guns in the Carling Cup semifinal, it will be a hollow victory unless Spurs can go on to win the whole thing.

We know these Spurs can't beat Arsenal's full squad. So, like last year, if the Spurs lose, they lose to our reserves. If they win, they only beat our reserves.

That's gotta suck.

Finally, beating Spurs is a perfect Christmas present for Gunners fans everywhere. Merry Christmas, Happy Pirate's Day, and all that other rot.