Arsenal put Tottenham Hotspur back in their place with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon, coming from behind in the second half to secure the victory.
After a good performance against Liverpool last month, Unai Emery’s side really needed to take it one step further by beating big six opposition. There was no better time to do it than in the North London derby, and thankfully, the players were up to the task.
Arsenal had to battle back after a couple of very controversial goals gave Tottenham a first-half lead, but there was nothing controversial about the way they turned their local rivals over after the break.
Let’s have a look at our individual player ratings for the match:
1Goalkeeper and Centre-Backs
Bernd Leno 7
There’s no getting around the fact that Leno was partly at fault for Tottenham’s first goal. The free-kick was given for Son going down too easily, and Eric Dier was arguably offside, but nonetheless, the keeper could have saved it. Other than that, the German did very well, making a number of saves and distributing the ball effectively too.
Shkodran Mustafi 8
Mustafi wasn’t without a couple of shaky moments, and he did end up going off with an apparent injury, but it was still a very good performance overall. As usual, he led the backline in aerials and tackles won, his passing was generally very good and he had a couple of decent efforts on goal as well.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos 8.5
It’s been a while since Arsenal have had a centre-back who is quite as physical as Sokratis. He turns every challenge into a bit of a wrestling match and it’s hard not to love him for it. Tasked with marshalling Harry Kane, the Greek defender did very well. He did give away the free-kick that led to the Tottenham goal, but it was a soft decision.
Rob Holding 8
Holding had a similarly solid performance, and he can count himself extremely unfortunate to have given away a penalty for the most minimal of contact. At most, he brushed the top of Son’s foot, but nonetheless, he did take a risk diving in. Other than that he did very well once again.
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