Arsenal v Tottenham
Kick off: January, 2014 5:15 PM BST
A dominant win in a huge North London Derby. Goals from Rosicky and Cazorla putting Spurs to the sword. Here are the player ratings:
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Lukasz Fabianksi | 6.5: The few saves he had to make were solid, and his cross claiming was decent too. What really let him down tonight was his distribution, his kicks were poor, often going straight out of play or finding a Spurs player.
Bacary Sagna | 7.5: Really dangerous in the first half, combining well with Gnabry down the right. Was more defensive in the second half, ensuing that our lead was maintained. Caught out of position once or twice, down to misplaced passes from team mates rather than his own mistakes though.
Thomas Vermaelen | 6.75: Performed fairly well in the early goings. Went in with a couple of hard challenges, picking up the first yellow of the game and leaving himself on thin ice. Went off with an injury at half time.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.75: Made a couple of sloppy mistakes in the first half, almost gifting Eriksen a goal. Grew into the game though, and was one of the best players on the pitch in the second half. Mopping up mistakes by his team mates. His pace at the back was vital against the Spurs counter.
Nacho Monreal | 7.0: Contributed in attack throughout the game, was slightly lacking defensively on occasions though. Did well against the pace of Lennon and Walker.
Mikel Arteta | 7.0: His composure and ability on the ball was fantastic as usual. Was beaten for pace once or twice, but showed superb experience and positioning when one on one against Lennon to dispossess him.
Jack Wilshere | 7.25: As it can be with Jack, it was a case of beauty and the beast today. There were a few petulant moments from the England midfielder, and some controversy between himself and Dembele; as well as some sulking after being dispossessed. But some of his runs into the box and forward balls were fantastic.
Santi Cazorla | 8.0: He looked really confident on the ball today, playing a number of killer balls, controlling the midfield, and getting himself on the score sheet with a venomous strike across goal.
Thomas Rosicky | 8.5: (MotM) A fairly average first half from the Czech international, but what a second half. He was everywhere at all times, putting non stop pressure when we didn’t have the ball, and constantly driving forward and keeping momentum going. His pressing paid off when he dispossessed Danny Rose and grabbed himself a goal. And he just didn’t stop running throughout the game, looking like a fresh legged substitute in the second half, despite running tirelessly for 95 minutes.
Serge Gnabry | 8.25: A really confident and mature performance from the youngster. He was instrumental in practically every attacking move in the first half, providing the assist for Santi’s goal to top it off. He had a bit of a dip in the second half, but appeared to get a second wind. Fantastic performance from a player with a huge future at Arsenal.
Theo Walcott | 8.0: He was a constant threat tonight, and really deserved a goal. His movement and runs were fantastic, getting constantly into dangerous positions. Went off injured late on, and probably cemented himself as an Arsenal legend with his taunting of the Spurs fans as he was stretchered off.
Per Mertesacker | 7.5: Was solid as usual after being reunited with Koscielny at half time. His lack of pace threatened to be exposed by some pacey counter attacks from Spurs, but his partnership with Koscielny covers up both their shortcomings perfectly.
Mathieu Flamini | 7.25: Came on for Wilshere in the second half, and provided some energy and aggression in midfield.
Mesut Özil | 7.0: I didn’t really see the point in bringing him on for Arteta late on, I felt there were better substitutions that could have been made. Nonetheless he had a decent impact, having a decent shot saved by Lloris.