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November 17, 2012 1:45 PM WAT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 60111‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham

The Gunners thrash their local rivals at the Emirates for a second successive season, although Spurs were hamstrung for most of the match after Emmanuel Adebayor's dismissal

By Matt Scott

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    26
    8
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Was unfortunate to see Adebayor turn home after he had parried Defoe's low effort, but brought a nature of calm back to the Arsenal defence, with intelligent distribution throughout.

  • Bacary Sagna
    19
    3
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Made an absolute mess of trying to catch Defoe offside for the game's opening goal, but recovered to put in a good performance, particularly in attack where he paired up with Walcott to devastating effect.

  • Per Mertesacker
    20
    0
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Disastrous positioning and lack of pace gifted Defoe the space to set up Spurs' first goal, but redeemed himself with a towering header to equalise. Again looked ponderous, however, as bale raced through midfield and scored Spurs' second.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    18
    2
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Continued at left-back despite his struggles against Fulham last week but turned in a much more composed effort, shackling Lennon when he could get close enough to the winger, and contributing well to the Gunners' attacks.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    20
    3
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    The covering man in the Arsenal backline, often lined up just behind Mertesacker and mopped up the Germans few mistakes.

  • Mikel Arteta
    23
    2
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Has been superb in the defensive midfield slot for the Gunners and looked like he he had played there forever in a metronomic performance. Played some excellent passes over Tottenham's high defence and also made strong tackles to prevent Tottenham counterattacks.

  • Jack Wilshere
    32
    3
    3.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Put in a couple of tasty tackles early on, avoiding a yellow card, but shone in the Arsenal midfield, linking play seamlessly with his team-mates and driving into space. Eventually looked fatigue as he continues his come back from injury and was brought off after 70 minutes.

  • Santi Cazorla
    42
    5
    4.00

    Santi Cazorla

    A mesmerizing afternoon from the Spaniard. Showed no after-effects of his trip to Paname in mid-week flitting around the pitch with ease and linking play continuously. Set up Giroud's effort with a fine bursting run and cross before getting on the end of Podolski's whipped ball to hit a deserved goal.

  • Lukas Podolski
    30
    1
    3.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Scuffed home the goal that put Arsenal in front in the first half and superbly assisted Cazorla's effort, putting the ball on a plate for the Spaniard to turn home. Added a pleasing work-rate to his game and helped Vermaelen out with some committed defensive work.

  • Olivier Giroud
    32
    2
    4.00

    Olivier Giroud

    The Frenchman is ever improving in the Premier League and looks a constant goal threat. Saw Lloris deny him from two strong headers but eventually got the goal he deserved, holding off Gallas and turning home Cazorla's cut-back.

  • Theo Walcott
    35
    2
    4.00

    Theo Walcott Top of the Match

    Stunning performance on the right wing from the England man. Routinely tore Naughton to shreds in the first half, while Vertonghen had no answer for his pace in the second. Let down by a lack of touch and composure for much of the game but finally got the goal he deserved in stoppage time.

Substitutions

  • Andre Santos
    11
    6
    2.50

    Andre Santos

    Brought on in place of Podolski and looked much more confident in a more attacking role in his brief time on the pitch.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    11
    7
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Replaced Wilshere in the midfield and kept the ball well, but lacked the attacking drive of the man he was brought on for.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    22
    4

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Given a run out in the final five minutes as Giroud was afforded a standing ovation and set up Walcott's late fifth.

  • Hugo Lloris
    2
    6
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Made two smart stops from Giroud and showed a decent level of confidence under the wide bombardment from the hosts but was left helpless by a combination of great finishing from Mertesacker and a huge slice of luck in Podolski's favour.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    1
    3
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Released Defoe with a fine long ball before Adebayor scored. Looked the most comfortable as part of a back three, getting forward well a couple of times, but also struggled as a rampant Walcott zoomed past him continuously.

  • William Gallas
    4
    4
    2.50

    William Gallas

    Couldn't handle Giroud's physicality and allowed his compatriot a couple of headed chances before he finally netted at the end of the first half. Struggled against Podolski in the second half when part of a back three.

  • Kyle Naughton
    2
    4
    1.00

    Kyle Naughton Flop of the Match

    A torrid afternoon for the former Sheffield United player. Lacked pace and positioning as Walcott and Sagna got the better of him time after time. Was let down by a lack of tracking back from Bale, but did little to suggest he should cover for Benoit Assou-Akotto long-term.

  • Kyle Walker
    2
    5
    2.00

    Kyle Walker

    Was more comfortable then Naughton, but not by much. With Podolski his main opponent, but Cazorla drifting to his flank and Vermaelen bombing on from left-back the England man found himself swamped, and was taken off at half-time prompting a tactical switch.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    0
    4
    2.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Had little answer for Cazorla as the Spanish star buzzed around him throughout. Made a couple of strong challenges and always looked comfortable on the ball but tired in the second half and was eventually substituted.

  • Aaron Lennon
    1
    5
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Gave Vermaelen some issues early in the game, but found himself increasingly pegged back, especially with Spurs down to 10 men, and had to defend more and more ,growing frustrated and picking up a booking for a body check on Podolski.

  • Gareth Bale
    7
    1
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Offered Naughton no assistance with Walcott and Sagna running riot down Spurs' left flank. Displayed his pace and dribbling ability throughout and eventually burst into enough space to fire a right-footed effort into the corner of Szczesny's goal, but it made little difference.

  • Sandro
    0
    4
    2.50

    Sandro

    Snapped into a couple of early challenges and was fortunate to end the first half without a yellow card against his name. Was eventually carded in the second period, which seemed to finally calm him down.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    5
    14
    2.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Was expected to be in the thick of the action and didn't disappoint. Got on the end of Szczesny's parry to open the scoring in the 10th minute but went from hero to zero just seven minutes later, recklessly lunging into Cazorla and being deservedly dismissed.

  • Jermain Defoe
    4
    5
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Latched on to Vertonghen's ball and saw Adebayor net after Szczesny had saved his initial effort. Became completely isolated after the Togo man was dismissed, and grew hugely frustrated, lashing out as Bale flashed a shot across goal rather than giving him a tap-in.

Substitutions

  • Michael Dawson
    5
    4
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Brought on as the central defender in a back-three for the second half, but found the Gunners' endless waves of attacking play tough to stem.

  • Thomas Carroll
    2
    3
    2.50

    Thomas Carroll

    His fresh legs replaced Huddlestone after 70 minutes, and he showed a pleasing level of touch and intelligent passing in his cameo.

  • Clint Dempsey
    4
    4
    1.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Introduced at half-time in an attempt to give Jermain Defoe an attacking partner, but contributed absolutely nothing of note in a desperately poor 45-minute showing.

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