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:
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Sead Kolasinac 8.5
Kolasinac was a massive threat on the left-hand side, particularly in the first half. He created five chances in the 90 minutes, more than anyone else on the pitch. This after he created both goals against Bournemouth last weekend. Certainly a fantastic turnaround for a player who was being written off after his performance against Wolves.
Granit Xhaka 8
As always, Xhaka spent a massive percentage of the game with the ball, with only Rob Holding seeing more of it. The Arsenal captain on the day played some very nice passes, including one cross-field free-kick to which led to a great chance in the first half.
He also did his defensive job very well. If we’re being ultra-critical, Xhaka possibly could’ve done more to stop Eric Dier getting his goal. Other than that he led the team excellently.
Lucas Torreira 9.5
It’s getting hard to put into words just how much Torreira is doing for this Arsenal team. As always, he didn’t give Tottenham a moment’s peace in midfield, and he was excellent in possession as well. A couple of clever turns to lose opponents brought back memories of Santi Cazorla in an Arsenal shirt.
What topped it all off was the Uruguayan’s well-taken goal and his passionate celebration in front of the Arsenal fans. He picked up the man-of-the-match award for the third time in four games and I can’t really argue with that decision.
Hector Bellerin 8
Bellerin put in a good performance, though he wasn’t quite as effective offensively as Kolasinac on the other side. Nonetheless, he did provide a threat, and he got back well when necessary too. His generally positive showing was tainted a little by a bizarre pass straight to Tottenham’s Son.
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