Why Arsenal Fans Should Be Happy Spurs Won Last Night

By on February 28, 2014

Tottenham edged into the last 16 of the Europa League last night with a 3-2 aggregate win over ‘European giants’ Dnipro.

Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor was the hero, scoring two goals as Spurs came from two-down to beat the Ukrainians 3-2 after scoring three goals in 13 minutes. Here’s why Arsenal fans should have been celebrating when our rivals progressed…

For those who don’t know, Spurs will now face Benfica in the last 16 with the first leg to take place at White Hart Lane on Spursday, sorry, Thursday the 13th March, kicking off at 8.05pm….just two days before our North London Derby.

We travel to the Lane on Sunday the 16th March so their clash with Benfica is going to leave them with little preparation, and more importantly, little rest time before the big game.

We are also in action that week, but play our second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, giving us two full days extra to prepare for the game and crucially, two extra days recovery time.

Tottenham’s record after playing on a Thursday night is extremely poor this season, losing five of their nine games following Europa League fixtures, including defeats to West Ham (at home), Newcastle (at home) and Norwich.

So Spurs having to play just days before the Arsenal gave has to give us a much bigger advantage going into the derby than if they had crashed out last night and had the full week off leading up to the game.

Some fans are saying they don’t care about anything, they could never cheer Tottenham on. Which is fine, but what’s best for Arsenal and our title hopes should come before everything else and Spurs winning last night was a positive for us as it gives us a better chance of beating them. I don’t think there can be any question about it.

Other fans are also saying they don’t want Spurs winning a trophy, but they’ll be lucky to get past Benfica, never mind going all the way. The likes of Juventus, Napoli, Porto and Valencia are all still in the Europa League and they’ll take care of Spurs eventually if they managed to beat Benfica anyway.

So personally, I was happy when Spurs won last night. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go as far as cheer when Adebayor scored and I would have pissed myself had that Dnipro free-kick in the 92nd minute crept in, but overall it was a positive thing they went through….

What do you think? Do you agree?


  1. royalspur

    February 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Even more for you to cheer about is this is defo going to be your last euro fixture of the season so you might as well play the ladies team , we all know jack the lass could get in, even his parents gave him a unisex name

  2. abe

    February 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    uh, Thurs to Sunday is 3 days. If we (Spurs) play Benfica at home, it is less of an issue, and a derby game is a good one for Spurs to have. We struggle more against the lesser teams.

  3. Galway Gooner

    February 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Abe – sorry, struggle more against the lesser teams??
    We’ve beaten you twice, Liverpool and City both hammered you – isn’t that struggling???

  4. abe

    February 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I am talking about Spurs struggling after Euro games eg the performance against Norwich. Playing in a derby game is not something a team needs to be motivated for, especially at home

  5. Galway Gooner

    February 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    well you certainly played like you lacked motivation the last time we met!

  6. leethfc

    February 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Ha ha and Liverpool n city hammered you ya thick goonin twat


    February 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    The usual attempt at deflecting the deficiency from your own mob.

  8. immaculate

    February 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    the same liverpool disgrace spurs at HOME 5-0 and ALSO HUMILIATED by City 6-1

  9. Peter Wilson

    February 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Arsenal title hopes, had to laugh.

    • james

      February 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Yeah lol 1 pt behind..no chance lol

  10. John J

    February 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Shame some people can’t give credit where it is due. Spurs did well last night, it was an entertaining match, and they deserved their win.
    Will the gunners come from behind and go through against Bayern Munich?

    • James

      February 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Slight difference in quality between Dnipro and Bayern Munich, wouldn’t you agree? Most people wouldn’t be able to name a single Dnipro player. Not sure how much credit is required to a team that spent over £110m on players beating a mediocre European side with 10 men 3-2 on aggregate.

      • John J

        March 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Absolutely, James, but equally I doubt most people could name half a dozen Bayern players off-cuff. A win is a win, but take your point about the £110m spend. Good luck against Bayern, hope Arsene Wenger can turn it round for you.

  11. Chris B Waters

    February 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I thought this was an Arsenal site. More Spurs than Gooners it seems.
    There does seem to be a Thursday night curse tho.

  12. Bob

    March 1, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Wenger knowing that we have no chance against bayern will rest 1, 2 key players.
    that will make such a difference.

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