ANOTHER Spurs match, another win dragged from the jaws of disappointment by Gareth Bale.
The Welsh flyer scored an exocet-like strike from range at the death tonight – after scoring earlier in the match – to see off a spirited West Ham away from home 3-2.
They now sit above London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in third place in the Premier League.
Is there any player this year that has single-handedly pulled their team up the table as Bale has done, and with such style as well?
It surely has echoes of Robin van Persie for Arsenal last season, and arguably Bale has more importance to Spurs than Van Persie to Man Utd, Messi to Barcelona, Ronaldo to Real Madrid etc.
Getting Champions League football will be one hell of an achievement for Andre Villas-Boas, given the strength of competition from the likes of Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this season – but by god, keeping hold of Bale will be a bigger battle this Summer.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sir Alex Ferguson, Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, little Tom Cleverley and all the rest of the gang – turns out, with 12 games still to play, you’ve only gone and won the Premier League.
Well, bookmakers Paddy Power seem to think so – as they’ve now started paying out on Manchester United’s 20th league title.
The bookies were so confident of it they started doing so before the match against Everton – which they duly won 2-0.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “The fat lady might not be singing yet but she’s definitely getting warmed up.
“We can’t see United letting their lead slip and, with Real Madrid to come midweek, we thought we’d take some of the pressure off Fergie and give punters an early payday.”
FRENCH hotshot Olivier Giroud says he has had a better start to his Arsenal career than Robin Van Persie.
The 26-year-old arrived at Emirates Stadium in the summer from Montpellier following Van Persie’s £24m move to Manchester United – and has scored 14 goals.
Giroud said: “I do not know of an attacker who is not interested in his numbers.
“Since the beginning of the season, I registered 14 goals and given 11 assists, for the first season.
“It is better than the start Van Persie had, even though when he arrived at Arsenal, he was younger.”
Van Persie has scored 22 goals for Manchester United since his move.
AN AVERAGE gameweek for table-topper FormOnly has seen them tumble to fourth spot in the table, at the expense of Can’t Touch This! (1), Rumford Rovers (2) and Tim Connor (3).
Also on the up in the top 10 teams are LookMumNoHands (6), Trad Bricks (7), Just Pass It! (8) and Goaltastic house team Ashletico (9).
Highest scorer, courtesy of Santi Cazorla’s heroics as captain and double figure hauls from Van Persie and Podolskii, was ZAC Bombers (69) with 88 points.
ONE fact a lot of people seem to have forgotten about last season is that Manchester City were seconds – mere seconds – from coming second to Manchester United.
The gap between the two teams after months of swapping the top spot was miniscule, so this season will come down to who has progressed best in the close season.
Manchester City haven’t recruited so far, unless you count Carlos Tevez’s return – but goals weren’t the problem for the Citizens last season…
However United have added the creativity with Kagawa and fit-again Cleverly it lacked to unleash it attacking wealth of Rooney, Nani, Young, Valencia et al
Add to this defensive solidity from a returning Vidic, and possibly last year’s player of the season Robin van Persie, I think the Red Devils will be top of the pile come the end of play.
In addition, I can’t see past Chelsea and Arsenal for the remaining top four Champions League places – although Spurs will be pushing once again and Liverpool will run it closer than they did last season.
A PROPER genuine bona fide newspaper, French outlet L’Equipe, has tonight declared that Spanish sensation Santi Cazorla is an Arsenal player.
The paper claims that the Malaga attacking midfielder has passed a medical for the Gunners today, and is all set to transfer to the Premier League outfit – reported elsewhere to be a deal worth £17m-£18m.
They say: “The diminutive winger (1m67), a specialist in free kicks, is the third summer signing from Arsenal after Germany’s Lukas Podolski and French Olivier Giroud.”
Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud – could these impressive signings be the statement of intent needed to force a Van Persie U-turn?
CLAIMS have been made that Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has already made an agreement to move to Juventus.
The reigning Italian champions are in the bidding for the wantaway Dutchman with Manchester United and Manchester City also interested.
But Milan-based agent Fabio Parisi told Italian TV: “I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time locked away in a notary’s desk.
“It is just my opinion, but I think there’s an eight out of 10 chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri.
“Juventus want to win and he is considered the ideal addition to achieve that.”