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September 1, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 60071‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham

Olivier Giroud scored his fourth goal of the season in impressive fashion as the Gunners edged out their north London rivals in a tense derby at the Emirates Stadium

By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    53
    4
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Pole stayed alert to make a sharp save to deny Townsend in the first half and an even better stop from Defoe's deflected strike after the break.

  • Per Mertesacker
    39
    6
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    A confident, powerful display from the German. Dominant in the air and lack of pace never really exposed by the visitors.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    53
    3
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Superb display from the central defender as he out-thought and out-fought Soldado. Very good reading of the game.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    28
    7
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    The right-back found it difficult early on as Spurs targeted him and he struggled. Settled into the game, though.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    31
    6
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Intriguing battle up against Townsend in which he won his fair share of duels. Perhaps beaten too easily on one or two occasions but generally good.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    39
    6
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Classy performance from the Czech as he picked up the ball in dangerous areas between the lines and looked to play incisive passes - including one to Walcott in the build-up to the opener.

  • Jack Wilshere
    22
    9
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Some typically neat passing but did appear to be struggling with injury and was replaced by Flamini in the 43rd minute.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    45
    2
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Vibrant and energetic display from the Welshman. Good running and passing and coped well with the physicality of the Spurs midfield. Shot badly off target in the first half.

  • Santi Cazorla
    55
    2
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Showed his quality early on with two free-kicks, the second of which missed the target by barely an inch. Always looking to play the killer pass to Giroud or Walcott.

  • Olivier Giroud
    60
    2
    4.00

    Olivier Giroud Top of the Match

    Continued his impressive start to the campaign by cleverly turning in the opener from close range in the 23rd minute. Had the beating of Dawson in the air and his link-up play brought Arsenal's midfield into the game.

  • Theo Walcott
    47
    5
    3.00

    Theo Walcott

    His pace on the shoulder of the last man was a constant threat and he made it count with a low cross for Giroud's goal. Got in behind again in the first half but was thwarted by Lloris, before testing the Frenchman again in the second period.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    15
    4

    Monreal

    Replaced Rosicky 11 minutes from time as the hosts looked to protect their lead, and almost scored.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    29
    4
    2.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Made his return in an Arsenal shirt earlier than he would have expected after replacing Wilshere two minutes before the break but looked perfectly comfortable in front of the back four. Booked for a reckless lunge.

  • Hugo Lloris
    36
    5
    4.00

    Hugo Lloris

    The France goalkeeper kept his side in the game with fingertip saves and brilliant sweeping off his line, especially as Walcott raced through in the first half.

  • Kyle Walker
    5
    15
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Solid defensive display from the England international. Also made some powerful runs when Spurs had the ball and linked up well with Townsend. Miss-kicked an excellent late chance to score.

  • Danny Rose
    5
    13
    2.50

    Danny Rose

    Coped fairly well with Walcott's pace and was let down more for Giroud's goal by his side's offside trap. Constantly looked to support the attack but his final ball was often wayward.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    8
    10
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Tidy display at the back from the Belgian. Read the game well and, as ever, was very comfortable on the ball.

  • Michael Dawson
    4
    16
    1.50

    Michael Dawson Flop of the Match

    Tough afternoon for the Spurs captain as he found it difficult to cope with Giroud's power and aerial threat. Played a terrible offside trap in the build-up to the Frenchman's goal and then lost his run.

  • Paulinho
    5
    17
    2.50

    Paulinho

    Energetic performance in central midfield as the Brazilian looked to drive Spurs forward. Found it difficult to find space to really influence the game in the final third.

  • Etienne Capoue
    4
    15
    2.50

    Etienne Capoue

    Looked slightly overwhelmed early on but improved after the break with good interceptions and passing. Appeared to pick up a serious injury in the second half and was replaced by Sandro.

  • Andros Townsend
    8
    9
    3.00

    Andros Townsend

    Tottenham's most exciting attacking player for most of the game as he looked to pick up the ball and drive at the Arsenal defence. Two first-half shots saved by Szczesny before he was replaced by Lamela in the 75th minute.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    1
    17
    2.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    The Belgian glided past Arsenal players at times but lacked invention on the ball before being substituted in the 69th minute.

  • Nacer Chadli
    1
    17
    2.00

    Nacer Chadli

    Caused Arsenal problems early on with his physicality and dribbling ability up against Jenkinson but faded as the game went on.

  • Roberto Soldado
    7
    14
    2.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Worked tirelessly as Tottenham's lone striker but was isolated before Defoe's introduction and had no real sights of goal.

Substitutions

  • Sandro
    5
    9
    2.50

    Sandro

    Typically powerful in midfield in the final 15 minutes after coming on for the injured Capoue.

  • Jermain Defoe
    9
    6
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked sharp after replacing Dembele in the 69th minute and saw his deflected shot somehow saved by Szczesny.

  • Erik Lamela
    7
    8
    2.50

    Erik Lamela

    The £26m signing came on barely 48 hours after joining the club but had no major impact in the final 15 minutes.

Results
 
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15 2
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15 0