Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0: Player ratings as Olivier Giroud nets the winner

Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0: Player ratings as Olivier Giroud nets the winner at The Emirates

By Guy Clarke
Arsenal
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Tottenham
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Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Excellent display from the Pole between the sticks for Arsenal. Has a tendency to be erratic but no such signs as he dealt well with what came his way and organised his defence well. 7

Carl Jenkinson Filled in expertly at right-back as Arsène Wenger made a late shuffle to his pack with Sagna falling ill prior to kick-off. Kept Chadli quiet and roamed forward giving the Gunners an outlet with Walcott tucking in. 7

Per Mertesacker Led by example at the heart of defence. Marshalled the back-line – and team – as Arsenal shut-up-shop after taking the lead and never really looked like conceding thanks to the German’s organisation. 7

Laurent Koscielny Back after suspension and played remarkably well. First to numerous one-on-ones with either Defoe or Soldado, and along with Mertesacker, dealt with any crosses into the box or from deep. 8

Kieran Gibbs Had both Townsend and Walker to contend with and stopped both from firing a decisive cross into the box. Offered width when Arsenal did get the chance to break too. 7

Jack Wilshere Was unable to complete the first half and went off just before the half-time with a stomach complaint. Used the ball cleverly before being replaced by Flamini. 6

Aaron Ramsey Yet another superb display from the Welshman. The 22-year-old is becoming a vital part of this Arsenal side with his energy key to spring the counter-attack. 8

Theo Walcott Tucked inside and tracked back to help defending. Clever movement and good timing on his front post cross gave Giroud the chance to score as Arsenal ran out victors. 8

Tomas Rosicky The man dubbed “Little Mozart” conducted the midfield well during the first half as Arsenal asserted themselves on the game. Influence waned in the second half and was replaced by Monreal in the 79th minute. 7

Santi Cazorla Unlucky not to score early on with two efforts from set-pieces, the second of which trickled past the post. Carried the ball out well when the hosts broke as well as passing efficiently. 7

Olivier Giroud Got the telling goal with clever movement across the face of goal before tucking the ball away from a tight angle, typified Arsenal’s mentality throughout defending from the front. 8

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini Unexpected arrival early on for his second debut in an Arsenal shirt. Vital part of the win, organising the midfield and giving Wenger’s men the ball-winning midfielder they’ve lacked. 8

Nacho Monreal N/A

Bacary Sagna N/A

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris His individual performance deserved more, good display from the Frenchman. Powerless to stop the only goal of the game and swept up well when the defence was caught out too high up the pitch, most notably in the first half as he came out of his box to slide tackle Walcott. 7

Kyle Walker Allowed to play like a winger at times as he wasn’t against an out-and-out wide man, got forward well but was unable to deliver a telling cross into the Arsenal box. 7

Michael Dawson Unable to keep hold of Giroud for the goal and was responsible for playing Walcott onside who provided the assist, overall bad day at the office for the Spurs captain. 5

Jan Vertonghen Got the ball rolling from the back for the visitors as they were able to dominate possession in a hostile derby atmosphere. 7

Danny Rose Scored on his Premier League debut in a north London Derby but had no such effect today, struggled at times against Walcott. 6

Ettienne Capoue Got Spurs to settle against a partisan Emirates Stadium but became wasteful with the ball. Replaced by Sandro in the second half after being taken off on a stretcher after tangling with Cazorla. 6

Paulinho Was unable to break into the box as he’s already shown early on in his Tottenham career, but helped things tick over nicely with offering any final product. 6

Mousa Dembélé Often the team’s creative force deep at the heart of midfield but couldn’t find a cutting pass to supply Soldado who was left starved throughout, replaced by Defoe as Villas-Boas looked for a goal. 6

Andros Townsend A direct threat as he ran at the Arsenal back-line and looked to shooton sight. Found the target in the first half only to be stopped by Szczesny, never looked to beat the full-back down the line though. 6

Nacer Chadli Non-existent for large spells of the game. Still to adjust with the pace of the Premier League and was kept extremely quiet by Jenkinson, much like Townsend never looked to beat the full-back. 5

Roberto Soldado Had to live off scraps and was drowned out by the presence of Koscielny and Mertesacker, who prevented him from getting on the end of any crosses into the box, although Villas-Boas may have hoped for more. 6

Substitutes

Jermain Defoe Replaced Dembélé as Spurs chased the game, playing with two recognised strikers. Much like Soldado, the England forward had little to feed off. 6

Erik Lamela Came on for his debut after signing on Friday. Only had a slight chance to attack the full-back but was unable to show his quality. 5

Sandro Brought on for the stricken Capoue. Much like the Frenchman, he broke things down in front of the defence, although there was little to do with Arsenal sitting deep. 6

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