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“The new Arsenal fans’ favourite” – Player ratings as Tottenham lose North London derby 3-1

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 14:36, 1 October 2022

Premier League football resumed in style this afternoon with Arsenal running out emphatic 3-1 winners against North London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Here’s how the players rated from the latest North London derby:


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Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale – 6 – Produced a fine save to deny Richarlison in the 13th minute. 

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6 – Took a backseat role this afternoon but provided the Gunners with ample width.

Gabriel – 6 – Just when it seemed Arsenal had the game on lockdown, Gabriel chose to have a momentary lapse in concentration. His reckless challenge on Richarlison gifted Spurs a penalty against the run of play.

William Saliba – 8 – Came into this game on the back of being hooked off at half-time in France’s shock 2-0 loss against Denmark, but that was put behind him as the French centre-back’s ability to pass from the back allowed Arteta’s side to dominate possession.

Ben White – 7 – A simple slide rule pass to Partey ensured he got on the assist column. White, nominally a centre-back, rarely crossed the halfway line as he provided defensive cover for the marauding Bukayo Saka.

Granit Xhaka – 8 – Normally temperamental, the Swiss international was anything but as he enjoyed a box-to-box role today. Xhaka often found himself in front of Spurs’ goal and was rewarded when he struck Arsenal’s third soon after Spurs went down to 10 men. He’s now scored as many goals this campaign (2) as in the two previous seasons combined. “The new Arsenal fans’ favourite,” said Martin Keown on BT commentary duty.

Thomas Partey – 7 – Outstanding finish to break the deadlock. With one swing of his right foot, Partey swept the ball into the top corner from outside the box. Hugo Lloris had no chance and it was more than his side deserved after starting the game strong. Aside from netting his third goal for Arsenal, he played a disciplined role in central midfield.


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Gabriel Martinelli – 7 – Enjoyed himself down Arsenal’s left flank. So much so, he forced Emerson Royal into committing an egregious unforced error. His mazy run led to Xhaka settling the contest, too.

Martin Ødegaard – 7 – Couldn’t add to his goals this season but Arsenal’s skipper was clever in possession.

Bukayo Saka – 7 – Constantly got on the ball as Arsenal enjoyed playing down their right flank. The recently voted ‘England Men’s Player of the Year’ played a significant role in Jesus’ lead-restoring goal. Saka was allowed to cut inside and his effort ultimately saw Lloris parry the shot into the Brazilian forward’s path.

Gabriel Jesus – 8 – Never stopped running. His addition this season has been a breath of fresh air whilst giving the Gunners a much-needed outlet up top. Jesus was in the right place to restore Arsenal’s lead and could have easily had more today.

Substitutes:

Albert Sambi Lokonga (for Partey 72) – 6 – Added some more fight to Spurs.

Kieran Tierney (for Zinchenko 72) – 6 – Let fly a 25-yard effort in the 90th minute but Lloris does well to palm the effort away.

Fábio Vieira (for Ødegaard 79) – N/A – A late sub.

Eddie Nketiah (for Jesus 79) – N/A – A late sub.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (for White 88) – N/A – A late sub.

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Tottenham

Hugo Lloris – 5 – Kept the visitors alive on several occasions. A notable moment came moments before half-time when he denied Gabriel Jesus from close quarters after the Brazilian produced another silky run into Spurs’ penalty area. But, in truth, he handed Jesus the chance to restore Arsenal’s lead just minutes into the second half.

Clément Lenglet – 5 – Immediately on the backfoot as he produced a late clearance. Nothing he could do as Arsenal ran away with this game.

Eric Dier – 5 – In the week he was restored to England’s defence Dier wasn’t able to stamp his authority on this game.

Cristian Romero – 4 – His goalkeeper put him in a comprising position when parrying Saka’s shot that led to Jesus restoring Arsenal’s lead.

Ivan Perisic – 5 – Started well as he often found himself near Arsenal’s byline though faded as longer the game went.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 5 – Another who came into this game with a reputable reputation but on derby day the former Juventus man was nowhere to be seen.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – 6 – Had one effort in anger, but the Dane was largely invisible in a game that saw Arsenal take full control of the midfield battle.

Emerson Royal – 2 – Let his side and teammates down when he caught Gabriel Martinelli high on the leg just after the hour mark. Martinelli had run the full-back ragged all day and his red mist ensured an early bath.

“Shocking, ridiculous decision,” said Jermaine Jenas on Emerson Royal’s red-card challenge. “Seeing the line-ups, Emerson going up against Martinelli… it struck fear into me.”

Son Heung-Min – 5 – Back in the starting eleven after his incredible hat-trick performance before the international break. You got what you expected from the South Korean forward but Arsenal weren’t as giving as Leicester’s meek defence.

Richarlison – 6 – Made numerous deep penetrating runs into Arsenal’s half and was involved with everything positive Antonio Conte’s men did this afternoon. Was unlucky not to get himself on the scoreboard.

Harry Kane – 6 – He rarely misses when presented with an opportunity. Gabriel’s lackadaisical foul on Richarlison earned Spurs a spot-kick which Kane wasn’t going to pass up. His successful penalty conversion was the 14th time he netted against the Gunners while subsequently making Premier League history. Kane is the first player to register 100 away goals in competition history. On top of that, he overtook Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, when it comes to London derby goals in the Premier League era. Henry managed 43, and Kane has now set the bar at 44 and counting. 

Substitutes:

Davinson Sánchez (for Lenglet 70) – 5 – Brought in as damage control and Spurs didn’t concede.

Yves Bissouma (for Perišić 70) – 5 – Same as Sánchez.

Ryan Sessegnon (for Richarlison 70) – 5 – Same as Sánchez.

Matt Doherty (for Son 70) – 5 – Same as Sánchez.

Oliver Skipp (for Højbjerg 74) – N/A – A late sub.

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