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“José Mourinho’s deadliest weapon” – Full player ratings as Spurs beat Arsenal in exciting North London derby

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 18:47, 12 July 2020 | Updated: 9:53, 30 March 2021

In a topsy turvy afternoon of football, Spurs came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Tottenham Stadium.

The win lets José Mourinho’s men leapfrog their great rivals to jump up into 8th place. The first-half was just a mess but the second period was vintage Mourinho where Spurs surrendered possession and struck on the break.

Here’s how the players rated at Tottenham Stadium:


Hugo Lloris – 7 – Imposing in the Spurs goal. Helpless on Lacazette’s wonder strike but otherwise was equal to anything and everything Arsenal threw at him.

Serge Aurier – 5 – Shockingly heavy first-touch that conceded possession just before Arsenal took the lead. Offered little in attack.

Davinson Sánchez – 7 – Thwarted Arsenal when he had to.

Toby Alderweireld – 8 – A rock solid performance in defence, showing why Mourinho coveted him for all those years despite his age. He made a game-high 7 clearances and then to top it all off won the day with a nice header.

Ben Davies – 6 – A rasping drive was the highlight of a positive performance.

Harry Winks – 6 – Was a little flat-footed when Lacazette scored, watching on instead of closing down. Got stuck in but was often a spectator as Arsenal dominated the ball for the vast majority of the second-half.

Moussa Sissoko – 5 – Worked hard, but that’s all.

Giovani Lo Celso – 5 – A big fat nothing of a display.

Son Heung-min – 9 – A supreme display from the Korean. Capitalised on sloppy Arsenal defending to equalise for Spurs, chipping Martinez superbly. Then was a constant source of danger for Mourinho’s men and finally created the match-winner with a lovely corner. The first Spurs player to score and assist in a North London Derby since 2012, Son is José Mourinho’s deadliest weapon.

Lucas Moura – 8 – Bright early. Good shot well saved then a superb run and pass for Kane. A relentless dynamo of motion, energy and work. Made more tackles (10) than anyone on the park.

Harry Kane – 6 – Missed two great chances early on. Looked well short of fitness. Perked up a bit late on as Arsenal’s centre-backs began imploding, but overall there’s certainly something wrong with Harry Kane.


Steven Bergwijn (for Lucas 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

Erik Lamela (for Son 94′) – n/a – Came on late.

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Emiliano Martinez – 7 – Enormous save from a Ben Davies shot in the first-half and tremendous in coming off his line to deny Son a tap-in. Could do nothing about either goal.

Shkodran Mustafi – 4 – Arsenal’s best defender on the night… for about an hour. After that he went on a personal mission to be humiliated as many times as possible.

David Luiz – 5 – Hung out to dry by Kolasinac for Spurs’ goal. Defended well besides but the image of him turning like an oil tanker and then chasing Son like Wile E. Coyote did Road Runner is what will be remembered.

Sead Kolasinac – 4 – A staggeringly sloppy backpass that allowed Spurs to equalise. Is not a centre-back of any kind. Was just lucky that Spurs had no interest in playing through the right.

Hector Bellerin – 6 – Some superb running. Created a golden chance for Aubameyang that his captain spurned. Just not supported enough as an attacking outlet, but could have done more to help in defence.

Dani Ceballos – 8 – Spread the ball around like butter on toast. Won it back with equal ferocity. Most touches, passes and tackles in a red shirt and was the best midfielder on the park. In no way deserved to lose the game.

Granit Xhaka – 6 – An impressive performance alongside the more dynamic Ceballos. Played a part in Arsenal’s opener.

Kieran Tierney – 4 – Ineffective in attack and lost Alderweireld for the winning goal.

Nicolas Pépé – 5 – Looked bright and full of purpose early on but faded as an influence as the match wore on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5 – Fluffed a glorious chance early on, mis-kicking a Bellerin cross. Slammed the ball off the bar second-half. Not his day at all, despite his constant effort.

Alexandre Lacazette – 7 – A thunderous piledriver of a strike to give the Gunners the lead. Played Aubameyang in superbly second-half. Had no service and was still a threat. An impressive showing.


Bukayo Saka (for Pépé 70′) – 5 – Had precious little impact on the game.

Joe Willock (for Tierney 84′) – n/a – Came on late.

Cedric (for Bellerin 84′) – n/a – Came on late.

Reiss Nelson (for Kolasinac 84′) – n/a – Came on late.