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North London is red once again! Arsenal's winners, losers and ratings as Spurs endure dismal derby defeat

3:06 PM WAT 01/10/2022
Granit Xhaka Arsenal HIC 16:9
The Emirates was jumping at the end of Arsenal's 3-1 win over Spurs - so who starred for Mikel Arteta and who let Antonio Conte down?

North London is red once again!

This was game was billed as being too tight to call by many but, in the end, Arsenal proved far too good for their neighbours as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Tottenham at a cauldron-like Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta's side were excellent throughout, barring a nervy spell at the end of the first half when they gifted Spurs a goal via the penalty spot.

The hosts had dominated up until Harry Kane's equaliser, deservedly opening the scoring with a stunning strike from distance from Thomas Partey.

To their credit, Arsenal brushed off the disappointment of conceding the penalty by restoring their lead just four minutes into the second half, with Gabriel Jesus tapping home after a horrible error by Hugo Lloris.

Then, after Emerson Royal had been sent off for a nasty challenge on Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka struck to make sure of the points, and maintain Arsenal's position at the top of the table.

  • Gabriel Jesus Arsenal Tottenham 2022-23

    The Winners

    Winner: William Saliba

    What a performance once again from the young centre-back!

    This was Saliba's first north London derby and many wondered whether the occasion would be a bit much for the 21-year-old.

    But he looked totally at ease and barely gave Kane a kick throughout another imperious display in the heart of the defence.

    No wonder the fans already love him!

    Winner: Gabriel Jesus

    There was a lot of talk before the game about Jesus going up against Richarlison.

    The Arsenal striker had just been left out of the Brazil squad at the expense of the Spurs man, who scored three times in two games over the international break.

    Mikel Arteta insisted beforehand that he had no concerns over how Jesus would react to the disappointment and the Arsenal boss was right not to be worried.

    Jesus was electric throughout, scoring one and causing the Spurs defence all sorts of problems. It was a wonderful performance.

    Winner: Gabriel Martinelli

    Spurs will be having nightmares about Martinelli this evening.

    The Arsenal winger tore Emerson Royal to pieces down, so much so that Royal almost looked relieved to be sent off for hacking down the Brazilian.

    He may not have got on the scoresheet himself, but Martinelli is flourishing into a quality wide attacker this season.

  • Hugo Lloris Tottenham Arsenal 2022-23

    The Losers

    Loser: Emerson Royal

    What can you say? Emerson endured a miserable afternoon up against Martinelli. The Spurs full-back just couldn't cope with the Arsenal winger.

    In the end, it almost looked like he just gave up, stamping on Martinelli's ankle and getting himself sent off.

    Antonio Conte must have been fuming.

    Loser: Hugo Lloris

    The Tottenham keeper was an injury doubt before the game and Spurs fans will probably now be wishing he had lost his fitness battle.

    Lloris made an absolute mess of Bukayo Saka's shot four minutes into the second half, spilling the the England man's relatively tame effort.

    The ball then deflected back to the keeper off Cristian Romero and the World Cup winner somehow let it squirm under his body, giving Jesus a tap-in.

    It was another horrible error from the experienced Lloris, just as Tottenham were looking to build on the momentum that that they had gathered in the run up to half-time.

    Gabriel Magalhaes:

    The rash challenge on Richarlison which gave Spurs their first half penalty was the latest in a line of errors by the Arsenal centre-back this season.

    As well as he has played for the majority of the campaign, the Brazilian just can't seem to stop putting his side in trouble.

    It's something that has plagued Gabriel since his move to England and if he is going to become a truly world class centre-back, he needs to find a way of eradicating these mistakes from his game.

    The errors always seem to be rush of blood moments as well. They are entirely avoidable.

    For example, there was no need for him to go to ground for the penalty incident which gifted Spurs their equaliser. It was asking for trouble.

  • William Saliba Arsenal Tottenham 2022-23

    Arsenal Ratings: Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (7/10):

    Great save to deny Richarlison in the first half. Excellent distribution.

    Ben White (7/10):

    Got forward well and set up Partey's goal.

    William Saliba (8/10):

    Calm on the ball, coped with Kane well. Very impressive.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (6/10):

    Needless foul to give away the penalty. Has to cut out those errors.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (6/10):

    On the fringes of the games at times.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022.

    Midfield

    Thomas Partey (8/10):

    Scored an absolute beauty. Brings so much balance to the Arsenal side when he's fit.

    Granit Xhaka (8/10):

    Another remarkable moment in the Xhaka redemption story. Fabulous performance, great goal.

    Martin Odegaard (7/10):

    Always busy. Was bright around the penalty area.

  • Gabriel Jesus Arsenal Tottenham 2022-23

    Attack

    Bukayo Saka (7/10):

    Not his best game, but still caused Spurs problems when he got on the ball.

    Gabriel Jesus (8/10):

    Another game, another goal. Arsenal's new star man just can't stop scoring.

    Gabriel Martinelli (8/10):

    Constant menace. Spurs just couldn't deal with him.

  • Mikel Arteta Arsenal 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Sambi Lokonga (6/10):

    On for the final 20 minutes. Kept Arsenal ticking over in midfield.

    Kieran Tierney (6/10):

    Helped keep things tight as the game drew to a close.

    Fabio Vieira (6/10):

    Some nice touches after replacing Odegaard.

    Eddie Nketiah (6/10):

    Only introduced for the final five minutes.

    Mikel Arteta (8/10):

    Had a big choice to make over Partey and he got it spot on. Another home derby win for Arteta.