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March 4, 2013 12:00 AM SGT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 36170‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Spurs moved seven points clear of their north London rivals as first-half goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale secured victory for Andre Villas-Boas' side over the Gunners

By Ewan Roberts

  • Hugo Lloris
    13
    1
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Proactive and quick off his line, and he had to be given how high the Spurs defence were positioned. Couldn't be blamed for letting Mertesacker's deflected header sneak past him.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    22
    1
    4.00

    Jan Vertonghen Top of the Match

    Offered some respite from Arsenal's dominant possession control by calmly retaining the ball. Showed good awareness to step up and intercept several dangerous through-balls, and made a great recovery challenge on Walcott. An excellent display.

  • Michael Dawson
    12
    1
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    Like centre-back partner Vertonghen, Dawson initiated more measured ball retention and built a solid base alongside the Belgian. Commanding in the air, especially when crosses and set-pieces were fired into the box.

  • Kyle Walker
    10
    1
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Showed his extraordinary pace both offensively and defensively, recovering to make several crucial tackles and interceptions. Defended competantly, with Arsenal posing little threat down his flank.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    4
    4
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Frequently exposed at left-back, granting acres of space for Walcott to dart into and Jenkinson to overlap. The majority of Arsenal's threat came down his flank. His long range passing was frequently wayward.

  • Aaron Lennon
    10
    1
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Showed sparks of his fiendish pace against Monreal, scurrying towards the byline. Burst in behind the defence to round Szczesny and pass the ball into an empty net. Always a threat on the break, and defended as manfully as ever.

  • Scott Parker
    8
    3
    2.50

    Scott Parker

    Often ponderous and slow in midfield, he was regularly swarmed and dispossessed by Arsenal's more mobile midfield. Created the second goal with a smart pass behind the Arsenal defence for Lennon.

  • Gareth Bale
    14
    2
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Was a peripheral figure in the first half until he sprung the offside trap and nonchalantly stroked the ball past Szczesny. Missed a sitter after Assou-Ekotto had fizzed a cross into the box. Could be credited with an own goal.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    6
    3
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Struggled to influence the game, outnumbered in the middle of the pitch by red shirts. Worked hard off the ball, closing space, tackling and pressing. Went off injured with just a few minutes to play.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    9
    2
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Wonderfully threaded the eye of a needle to release Bale for the opening goal. Worked hard and sought the ball, but often left Assou-Ekotto exposed at left-back, however, and dallied when through one-on-one against Szczesny.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    4
    6
    2.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    A frustrating afternoon for the Togo forward, who had been flagged offside three times and picked up a yellow card before being stretchered off the pitch without even having had a shot in anger.

Substitutions

  • Jake Livermore
    3
    1

    Jake Livermore

    Replaced the injured Dembele with just a few minutes remaining. Brought some energetic bite in midfield, though was a little hot-headed.

  • Jermain Defoe
    4
    2
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Came on in place of the injured Adebayor with 25 minutes remaining and immediately brought pace and work rate to Spurs' attack. Stretched the Arsenal defence and was an excellent release.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    2
    8
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Perhaps could have done more for both of Tottenham's first-half goals, and was rounded far too easily by Lennon. Otherwise largely untroubled, with Spurs offering little goal threat for much of the match. Kicking occasionally caused jitters.

  • Per Mertesacker
    5
    6
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Played Bale onside for the first goal, pulling too deep behind the rest of his defence. Made amends as his header, which took a slight deflection off Bale, beat Lloris just after the restart. Controlled and assured at the back.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    3
    12
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    At fault for both of Spurs' first-half goals, remaining static as Bale and Lennon darted into the space behind him. Didn't look at all comfortable with the high line and was worried by Spurs' pace.

  • Monreal
    4
    6
    2.50

    Monreal

    Didn't track the run of Lennon as the winger sprinted through on goal and doubled Spurs' lead. Dealt with the sprightly wideman a little better when higher up the pitch. Almost solely responsible for Arsenal's width down the left flank.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    12
    2
    3.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    Got forward with intent, pushing Sigurdsson back and drving up the flank. Fired in several very dangerous crosses and regularly exposed Spurs' high line, while he was troubled little defensively. Unfortunate to be subbed.

  • Mikel Arteta
    3
    5
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Kept possession ticking over in midfield and put in a good shift, but the match often passed him by. Afforded time and space in the middle of the pitch, he didn't do enough to breach Spurs' high defensive line. His negative passing saw him sacrificed as Arsenal chased an equaliser.

  • Jack Wilshere
    6
    6
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Creative and full of ideas, but also competed extremely well against Tottenham's midfield. Found pockets of space, bursts into gaps and always looked a threat. Alongside Cazorla, he was largely responsible for Arsenal's control of possession.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    9
    5
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Responsible for bringing steel and grit in the middle of the pitch, working extremely hard in midfield and won the free-kick from which Arsenal scored. Moved to right-back in the second half and was equally assured.

  • Santi Cazorla
    1
    8
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Pulled the strings for Arsenal, drifitng across the pitch to pick up the ball and dictate proceedings. Probed Spurs' high line but occasionally wilted in the face of the home side's power and physicality.

  • Olivier Giroud
    4
    13
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud Flop of the Match

    Started the match quite well, pressing high, competing for aerial balls and threatening in behind, but was presented with few chances in the match and didn't do enough to get on the ball and influence the match.

  • Theo Walcott
    2
    7
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Didn't make good enough use of his pace in behind Spurs' high line. Always looked a threat when darting between Vertonghen and Assou-Ekotto, though often made his move a little too early. Provided the free kick delivery from which Mertesacker scored.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    5
    7
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Came on in place of Jenkinson to further outnumber Spurs in the middle of the pitch but wasn't particularly effective.

  • Lukas Podolski
    4
    5
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Was brought on with a little over 10 minutes of normal time remaining as Arsenal chased an equaliser. Brought more width down the left and forward impetus and looked a threat.

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