Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but they left as the unhappier of the two sides.
Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a couple of mistakes by Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka, rather than anything Mauricio Pochettino’s side did particularly well. However, Alexandre Lacazette did manage to pull one back before half time.
In the second half, Arsenal dominated the chances, and they eventually found the net through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both sides had 20 minutes to find a winner, they couldn’t quite manage it. Even Kane’s pathetic trademark dive didn’t do the trick.
Let’s have a look at our player ratings for the match.
- Bernd Leno 5 – The goalkeeper made a lot of saves – seven in total – but he also parried the ball back into danger a couple of times, and one of those occasions was for Spurs’ opening goal.
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles 5 – Maitland-Niles linked up with Pepe nicely, but understandably had some trouble with Son defensively.
- Sokratis Papastathopoulos 5 – Sokratis was also at fault for Spurs’ opener, first pushing up for an aerial duel that a teammate was already contesting, then failing to get back for the rebound.
- David Luiz 6 – Luiz may have been turned a bit too easily for that opening goal but he did really well afterwards, particularly in one-on-one situations. The criticism of his performance has been almost entirely focused on that one turn, which shouldn’t have led to a goal anyway.
- Sead Kolasinac 4 – Kolasinac got into some great attacking positions early on and wasted them all. It’s typical that the only good cross he put in all match was when he was offside. He also missed a bit of a sitter.
- Lucas Torreira 6 – Making his first start of the season, Torreira mostly did well. Perhaps this is a bizarre complaint, but he needs to look at changing his studs, because he slips over far too often. He gifted Spurs possession twice by doing so in the first half.
- Granit Xhaka 3 – It’s easy enough to jump on the anti-Xhaka bandwagon, but mostly he wasn’t terrible. It was just the penalty that undid anything and everything good he did, and the fact he’s been so consistent with these kinds of mistakes means it can’t be written off as one moment of stupidity anymore. He let himself down.
- Matteo Guendouzi 8.5 – Guendouzi was fantastic, evading pressure and playing positive forward passes, and he even found the killer ball for Aubameyang to make it 2-2. The Frenchman also got back well defensively for the most part, and it was one of his best performances for Arsenal overall.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7.5 – Aubameyang’s equaliser was clinical, though he struggled to find as many opportunities as the other two members of the front three for the opening hour. Eventually, the opportunity came and he took it, and he also worked hard to create for his teammates.
- Alexandre Lacazette 8 – Lacazette took his goal in expert fashion, and you always feel he’s going to get a dangerous shot off when he has the ball at his feet in the box. He also competed very well in the air and got back to make a couple of tackles. Appeared to come off with an injury.
- Nicolas Pepe 7.5 – Unfairly criticised, Pepe was actually one of Arsenal’s best players. He got an assist and caused plenty of problems for Spurs with his dribbling, he just needed one of his many shots to go in. The chances are falling to him with extreme regularity, so as soon as he scores one he can easily go on a run.
- Dani Ceballos 7 – Ceballos needed to bounce back from his disappointing display against Liverpool, and he did so effectively in this North London derby cameo. A fizzing shot from distance almost caught Lloris out, and only two players on the pitch created more chances for either team despite Ceballos only featuring for 27 minutes.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan 4 – Mkhitaryan wasted his big moment after a Sanchez mistake, and he was dispossessed twice in his brief appearance. It looks like he’s on the way to AS Roma now.