Player ratings as Arsenal demolish Spurs 3 – 1 at the Emirates
Arsenal thrashed Spurs in the North London derby on a one-sided evening of football to move into the top half of the table.
The win was Arsenal’s third in a row, but it was also Spurs’ third loss in a row. It is also the first time Arsenal has won two NLDs in a row since September 2013. That’s right, it’s been that long!
Here are the ratings for the players at Emirates Stadium:
Ramsdale: 7/10: Many people were perplexed when Arsenal spent £30 million on a backup goalkeeper. They had signed the starter, and Ramsdale excels in that role. He was a talented stopper with a big personality who dominated his area and drew the crowd’s attention, particularly for his stoppage time save from Lucas. His devastated reaction to admitting defeat reveals everything about his mental state.
Tomiyasu: 8/10: Although he was not as assured in possession as he could have been and was cut up for Spurs’ goal, the new Arsenal man put in a mostly positive performance. Won the ball back a team-high eight times, and his responsibility, in which he always follows in anticipation of a rebound when opponents shoot at his goal, demonstrates a much-needed maturity for the Gunners’ backline.
Ben White: 7/10: With Gabriel by his side, he looked solid, though he was fortunate not to be penalized for his foul on Kane.
Gabriel: 8/10: Arsenal’s best defender (team-high 5 clearances) and crucial to the club during the build-up phase.
Kieran Tierney: 7/10: A ferocious presence up and down the left flank, wreaking havoc on Spurs.
Xhaka, Granit: 7/10: Solid in the middle of the park, contributing significantly to the first goal with a deft touch to accelerate the move. And he was at it again for the second goal, this time with a delightful turn (or foul, depending on how you look at it) that unlocked Arsenal’s entire counter-attack.
Thomas Partey: 7/10: Nearing his imposing best as he devoured Tottenham’s midfield. His only real mistake was fouling Lucas Moura, causing him to fall into Xhaka and injure him.
Odegaard: 8/10: At the Emirates, Odegaard ran the show. Small but crucial roles in Arsenal’s first and third goals; a really impressive performance from Arsenal’s new no. 8.
Bukayo Saka: 8/10: Arsenal’s no. 7 delivered a mesmerizing performance. The first goal came from a lovely cross, and the third came from a great run in which he almost literally drove through a supine Harry Kane to slap the ball home with his weak foot. Arsenal’s Young Gunners blew Spurs away, and Bukayo Saka was the game’s top marksman.
Emile Smith Rowe: 8/10: The Croydon De Bruyne was back in action. Smith Rowe scored the first goal of the game with a well-timed run off the left and a nice finish. He set up the Gunners’ second goal with a ridiculous burst of speed and eye for a pass. Smith Rowe also made a big pass to Saka ahead of the third quarter. Involved in everything for his team, he exudes confidence. He later stated that this was the best day of his life, and who could argue with him?
Aubameyang: 7/10: Led the line admirably, scoring Arsenal’s second goal after a deliciously deft touch in the build-up. He even included Thierry Henry’s legendary NLD celebration for good measure.
Lokonga: 6/10: (for Xhaka 82′) came on to the game and got right into it.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – n/a – Came on late for Saka 87′.
Nuno Tavares n/a(as a substitute for Smith Rowe 88′) Came on late.
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