Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: player ratings

03 March 2013 06:21
Tottenham Hotspur Hugo Lloris Despite Arsenal's wealth of possession he had surprisingly little to do; making an early save from Giroud. Had little chance of keeping out Mertesacker's header but was always quick off his line. 6/10 Kyle Walker A mixed game at times for the England man who gave away possession too easily but made a key tackle on Walcott in the first half and stayed strong at the back. 6 Michael Dawson Had a furious confrontation with referee Clattenburg after he failed to stop play when Adebayor was injured; but showed the same passion in his defending. 7 Jan Vertonghen Made and fantastic block on Giroud to prevent Arsenal going ahead and an even better one on Walcott in the second half; howed once again he is a real quality defender. 8 Benoit Assou-Ekotto Had a lot to deal with on the left with Theo Walcott flying forward but in general dealt with him well; his distribution was good, too. 7 Moussa Dembele Not his most influential match in a Spurs shirt. The midfielder showed some classy touches in possession but much of the game passed him by until he went off injured. 6 Scott Parker Started slowly as Arsenal passed the ball around him but grew steadily more influential as the afternoon went on and superbly set up Tottenham's second goal with a wonderful through-ball for Lennon. 7 Aaron Lennon Tottenham's danger man on the ball; Arsenal looked nervous whenever he set off on a jinking run- and he crowned his performance with a well-taken goal. 7 Gareth Bale Won the headlines without hitting top gear. Bale barely touched the ball for the opening half hour but when he finally got it, from a Sigurdsson pass, his finish was sublime. A wonderful cross-field pass almost set up a third after the break. 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson A controversial choice ahead of Lewis Holtby in the eyes of some Spurs fans but he repaid his manager by setting up the opening goal. Also wasted a second-half chance, though. 6 Emmanuel Adebayor Surprisingly quiet against his former club, he barely featured in the action - except when he was booked for a nasty challenge on Ramsey. Then he was carried off on a stretcher with a second-half injury. 5 Subs: Defoe came on for the injured Adebayor, and was an instant livewire. Livermore came on late for the injured Dembele, before Gallas arrived in injury time. Subs not used: Friedel, Naughton, Holtby, Carroll. Arsenal Wojciech Szczesny Got nowhere near Tottenham's first-half goals as Bale and Lennon beat him with ease; but his distribution was quick and his handling safe at least. 6 Carl Jenkinson Both Tottenham's first half goals started on his side of the field and although he was athletic going forward this wasn't a great day for the full-back. Subbed injured. 5 Per Mertesacker Nothing he does in defence looks convincing He did g up the other end to glance a header past Loris for 2-1 but at the back he remains at best a frustration and at worst a liability. 6 Thomas Vermaelen The captain turned his back on the ball for Tottenham's second goal and allowed Lennon to waltz past him unfettered; and the move was almost repeated for Sigurdsson after the break. 5 Nacho Monreal Has shown greater promise in previous matches; at White Hart Lane he was less influential in possession and part of a defence that collectively wobbled when it really mattered. 5 Aaron Ramsey Provided energy and commitment on Arsenal's left-hand side and did the same when moved to the right - although he wasted a great chance after 80 minutes. 7 Mikel Arteta Has suffered a frustrating dip in form since returning from injury and the holding role in midfield doesn't seem to suit him. Didn't impose himself on the match. 6 Theo Walcott Didn't get a lot of change out of Tottenham's defence but never stopped trying; it was his cross that set up a goal for Meretesacker in the second half. 7 Jack Wilshere As usual he was the lynchpin of Arsenal's midfield and their driving force; surely it can't be long before he is handed the captain's armband. 7 Santi Cazorla Every touch oozed class; and Spurs had no real answer to him when he got on the ball. But the frustration for Arsenal was they didn't get him within shooting range. 7 Olivier Giroud The Frenchman had an early header saved and worked hard on his own up front; but he never really looks like hitting the net. At times he was too isolated. 6 Subs: Rosicky came on in the second-half and made an instant impact with his energy levels; Podolski arrived to liven up the left flank. 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