Saturday, October 31, 2009

One of the key rules you're always taught as a kid playing football is to always play to the whistle.

You would think that top level football players would remember that!

Not so if you watched this afternoon's North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Arsenal's third goal in their 3-0 victory came in almost comical circumstances when most of the players around the ball stopped when a Gunners free kick looked certain to be awarded after a crunching Spurs tackle.

The ball ended at the feet of Bacary Sagna, who took a few steps with the ball and also stopped, only to realise that referee Clattenburg had played advantage. Sagna then ran on, whipped a delightful ball across the goal and all that was left was for Robin van Persie to easily fire home against the motionless Spurs defence.

Full marks to the ref here though. Everyone is quick to criticise them but what a fantastic advantage he played. More power to him.

The Spurs players mildly protested their confusion but they should perhaps have just thought back to their days in the playground. Always play to that whistle.


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