What a game, what a performance, what an atmosphere. Victories over Arsenal are always a highlight, but the manner of today’s victory made it extra special and provides the blueprint that we must follow from here on out. Kitchen Sink Today was the making of a Pochettino side. From minute one we were outstanding. We pressed and harried them and had the majority of the possession. We showed what we were made of against Chelsea but today really hammered it home; this is the philosophy of the manager. There were no moans and groans at one-nil down, no dropped heads, no shortage in the intensity. The fans still believed and the players did too. We showed the sort of heart and desire that is only ever often seen in the terraces and rarely replicated on the pitch in games like this. Looking back, I hardly remember Lloris having to make a save. A Welbeck shot here and there and the odd header from a set piece but Ospina’s goal was the one under constant bombardment. I’m struggling to recall the last time we dominated Arsenal so much. That’s what makes this victory so pleasing. We’ve had our fair share of good results against them in recent years but this is the one that will stand out in my mind. A humble score line but a beastly performance. Springboard A pleasing victory then but we’ve got to ensure we build on this. We’ve set ourselves the standard that we must aim to emulate for the final few months of the season and beyond. Will we get top 4? We’re an injury to Kane or Eriksen away from having no chance in my humble opinion. I don’t think the squad is quite there yet. With that being said, a trophy is what I want most this year. League cup, Europa, I’ll take either and we’ve certainly got a good chance at both. Pochettino very much deserves the plaudits. It’s his first season, with what is arguably our weakest squad in recent years, but there is already plenty to be optimistic about for the future. We’re playing good football, the young players are being given a chance and there’s a strong spine to the side; Lloris, Vertonghen, Dier, Bentaleb, Mason, Eriksen, Kane – it’s an excellent base to build a strong team around. Rivals As one big game finishes, another is just on the horizon. Liverpool away on Tuesday. They’re on an excellent run but then again so are we. The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane earlier this season came too soon for us. They played us off the park and were well-deserved winners. This time round will hopefully see a different result and, if nothing else, a much more competitive and even game. It’ll be a good test of where we are in relation to our rivals and a good result away from home against a team of their calibre would send out a strong message. A game to look forward to then but for now, I’m going to very much enjoy the rest of the weekend. COYS!