Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Younes Kaboul impresses

Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cancels out Nacer Chadli's opener

Arsenal
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Tottenham
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Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Had relatively little to do in the first half besides catch a few tame Tottenham efforts – did tip an Adebayor effort out for a corner but it looked as though it was going wide anyway. Made himself big when trying to stop Chadli’s effort but not much he could’ve done. 6/10

Calum Chambers Good going forward and nearly scored an amazing equaliser in the second half after hitting the ball on the half volley from outside the box but was almost unheard of defensively through no fault of his own. Discipline does seem an issue picking up yet another yellow card in as many performances – this time for shirt pulling. 6

Per Mertesacker Got his job done quietly alongside Koscielny. 6

Laurent Koscielny Cleaned up well when necessary and was solid throughout. 6

Kieran Gibbs Took the game to Kyle Naughton and it didn’t evoke a response, leading to an easy time for the Arsenal left-back to get the ball into the box. 6

Aaron Ramsey Involved since the start but made a few rash decisions going for glory from the acutest of angles. Made progress down the right but asked to be taken off with an apparent hamstring problem just before half time. 6

Mikel Arteta Didn’t make much impact on the game before limping off around the half hour mark with a suspected calf injury. 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Still managed to get crosses in despite a relatively strong performance from Danny Rose trying to shut him down but they didn’t find their mark – managed a good effort from outside the box that was parried by Lloris in the first half. Scored the equaliser, putting the ball way out of reach of Lloris and looked really threatening when in possession. 7

Mesut Ozil Went missing and when he could be spotted was lethargic and looked uninterested, even after starting in his ‘optimum role’ – did have an effort saved but could have proved himself today and just plain didn’t. 5

Jack Wilshere Was booked around 20 minutes in for a lazy tackle but apart from that lapse in judgement was pretty lively going forward. Not so much tracking back again, however, and rolled his ankle in what could have been a much more serious injury. 6

Danny Welbeck Showing some real signs that he could be a top-class striker, if his performances start to match his work-rate he will be great. Started a rivalry with Kaboul giving as good as he got and tracked back to do some of the midfield’s job defensively. Hit a total air shot when trying to get on the end of a cross, luckily Oxlade-Chamberlain finished it off and partially spared the ex-United star’s blushes. Partially. 7

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini Totally at fault for the Tottenham goal after getting caught in possession by Eriksen before being brushed aside when trying to make amends. 4

Santi Cazorla Tried to liven up the Arsenal attack when he came on and did take it upon himself a few times to force the team forward. 5

Alexis Sanchez It seemed at half time that he was needed to come on and make an impact in the second half – however, after replacing Jack Wilshere, he didn’t have the desired effect and Wenger was seemingly justified in his decision to leave him on the bench. 5

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Was there when called upon, however none of the efforts were that tough to deal with for a goalkeeper of his standard. Needed to grow another foot to get anywhere near Oxlade-Chamberlain’s equaliser. 6

Kyle Naughton Was penned in by Gibbs from the start of the second half. Appeared unable to keep up with the pace of the game and seemed out of his depth – ended up being switched to the opposite wing. 5

Younes Kaboul (man of the match) Defended like a captain should and always seemed to be there throwing any body part he could in the way when Arsenal had an effort on goal. 8

Jan Vertonghen Was overshadowed by his captain in this game and although relatively solid there was nothing to write home about. 6

Danny Rose Played really well on the left hand side matching Oxlade-Chamberlain for pace for the most part and made it hard for any attacks to progress down his flank. Booked for reasons still unclear. 7

Etienne Capoue Slightly sluggish in possession which led to a few Arsenal chances that should never have occurred. 5

Ryan Mason A very tough match to make your Premier League debut in but wasn’t outclassed by any means. Made a few good runs forward without them amounting to much. Could have found himself in more trouble than the booking he got after a poor challenge on Ozil. 5

Erik Lamela Was booked in the first half but managed an assist in the second half slotting in Nacer Chadli nicely. Still lacks composure when defending and could have picked up a second booking. 6

Christian Eriksen Hit a well struck free-kick before easily dispossessing Flamini and then shrugging off his efforts to make amends before slotting in Lamela in the build-up to the goal. 7

Nacer Chadli Scored 10 minutes into the second half but besides the goal, which he did take well, wasn’t really too dangerous. Replaced by Nabil Bentaleb. 6

Emmanuel Adebayor Didn’t do much when given the chance and, after stretching for the ball and missing, bizarrely decided he was too tired when Tottenham were still on the attack near to half time. Unheard of in the second half and surprising to see him see out the entire game. 4

Substitutes

Aaron Lennon
Came on and got booked. 4

Nabil Bentaleb N/A

Eric Dier N/A

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