Arsenal only managed to get two players into former Tottenham man Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week.

On a weekend when Arsenal under Unai Emery arrived in the Premier League as a force the rest of the division should start paying attention to, Garth Crooks could only find room for two of the Spurs destroyers in his team of the week.

Of course, I’m biased beyond belief and would quite happily see the Arsenal team named in all 11 slots which is probably why I run an Arsenal site and don’t work for the BBC.

Lucas Torreira and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the cut, but it was West Ham that dominated. Three of their players were included after their 3-0 win at Newcastle.

Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week

Here’s what Crooks’ had to say about Torreira. Notice how, out of the 72 words, only 21 are actually about the player himself:

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

What a game of football the north London derby was! This match was a throwback to the derbies of old when both teams put everything on the line. Neither team gave an inch to the other but in the end, and I say this through gritted teeth, the best side won. Lucas Torreira was outstanding and the Gunners’ driving force in midfield. The smallest man on the field had the biggest heart.

And Aubameyang:

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 2, 2018. - Arsenal won the game 4-2. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS /
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 2, 2018. – Arsenal won the game 4-2. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS /

In big games, you need big players and Aubameyang always seems to deliver. His second goal in the 183rd North London derby was simply sensational. It left Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot and staring at the ball, praying for divine intervention.

Arsenal, meanwhile, had three in Jamie Redknapp’s Team of the Week:

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