Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Dele Alli impresses

Player ratings as Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli impresses for Spurs against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Arsenal

Petr Cech Couldn’t outwit Kane as the Tottenham striker slotted his finish past the Arsenal goalkeeper. Had a Wojciech Szczesny moment in the second half which didn’t help to settle an edgy Arsenal defence. Great stop to deny Alderweireld. 6/10

Mathieu Debuchy The former Newcastle United defender continued at right-back in the absence of injured Hector Bellerin. The French defender didn’t put a foot wrong but Bellerin offers more of a threat going forward. 6

Per Mertesacker The Germany international struggled. His performance raised the question why Arsene Wenger didn’t start Gabriel Paulista. 5

Laurent Koscielny The France international was restored to the line-up but it was his mistake which led to Kane’s opener. 5

Nacho Monreal Brilliant last-ditch tackle to end what looked a dangerous Tottenham counter-attack. A good performance from the left-back. 7

Francis Coquelin As we’ve come to expect, the Arsenal midfielder was busy. He was always hunting down Tottenham players, but gave the ball away five times. 6

Santi Cazorla The Spain international lasted just 45 minutes of the derby. Cazorla had a forgettable north London derby and he finished with an abnormally low pass completion of 83 per cent. 5

Joel Campbell A bright start from the Costa Rican. Drew a strong save from Lloris at the start of the second half with a low shot. 6

Mesut Özil Similar to his performance against Manchester United, Ozil looked sharp and linked up well with Sanchez. However, like Arsenal, Ozil’s energy fizzled out as the north London derby progressed. But he found the energy to make an assist for the sixth successive game as Gibbs equalised. 6

Alexis Sanchez The Chile international was a livewire in the opening 20 minutes. Sanchez struggled as he extended his goalless run to five games. 6

Olivier Giroud Didn’t see too much of the ball. Giroud became increasingly frustrated and clashed with Vertonghen towards the end of the first half. The France striker had three headers which came agonisingly close to levelling the score-line. His effort can’t be faulted. 7

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini Brought on to replace Cazorla but his passing range was limited. 5

Kieran Gibbs The unlikely Arsenal hero as the second-choice left-back levelled with 13 minutes remaining before he came close to finding a winner. 7

Mikel Arteta N/A

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris He was called into action from an Arsenal corner in the opening 10 minutes but hardly involved in the remainder of the first half. The Frenchman was equal to Alli’s second-half effort. Should have done better with Gibbs’s equaliser. 6

Kyle Walker Got forward well as he looked to expose Sanchez’s defensive flaws. Great tackle to prevent a second-half Arsenal break but he was left on the floor as Gibbs equalised. 6

Jan Vertonghen The Tottenham defender tussled with Giroud throughout the half. The Belgian made a good interception to cut out Ozil’s attempted through ball for Sanchez. 7

Toby Alderweireld The Belgium international produced a solid performance alongside Vertonghen. The centre-half was denied a second Spurs goal after Cech pushed his header clear. 7

Danny Rose The Tottenham defender was lucky that his careless header out of play didn’t result in an Arsenal equaliser after Giroud glanced header wide with half hour remaining. 6

Eric Dier A brilliant slaloming run came to nothing as Lamela squandered a half chance. Later in the first half, Dier guided a header wide as he wasted a decent opportunity. 7

Dele Alli (Man of the match) Unfazed by the prospect of a first north London derby. His rangy runs were a feature of the first half although his final ball was lacking. 8

Erik Lamela Darted past a couple of Arsenal defenders but couldn’t find Kane in opening five minutes. The Argentine was a little reckless in possession and even more so in his attempt to tackle Coquelin. Booked. 6

Mousa Dembele The 28-year-old midfielder was the old head in a youthful Tottenham side. Dembele completed 90 per cent of his attempted passes, while he showed his flair with five successful dribbles. 8

Christian Eriksen The Danish playmaker was quiet in the first half but his deflected shot had Cech beaten in the 51st minute. The Arsenal shot stopper parried another effort from Eriksen wide 12 minutes later. 7

Harry Kane The former Arsenal youth player silenced The Emirates with a clinical 32nd-minute strike. Kane dragged a second-half attempt just wide. 8

Substitutes

Ryan Mason N/A

Heung-min Son N/A

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