Tottenham Hotspur faced off against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight looking to book their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Spurs started the match on the front foot and took the lead in the 20th minute courtesy of Heung-min Son’s powerful finish. The home team recovered well late in the first half, but they failed to score the equaliser before half-time.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men kept the pressure on in the second half and scored their second goal of the game through Dele Alli’s classy finish in the 59th minute. Both teams fought hard, but Spurs defended valiantly to hold on to their two-goal lead as the match finished 2-0 in favour of the visitors.
Let’s take a look at how each Spurs player performed during the match against the Gunners.
GK: Paulo Gazzaniga – 8/10
The Tottenham goalie made a brilliant save early on in the match to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan from scoring. He also pulled off a good save in the second half and distributed the ball well to earn a well-deserved clean sheet at the Emirates.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 7/10
The English full-back was defensively sound and was a good outlet for Spurs down the right wing. However, his crosses lacked in quality and didn’t threaten the Gunners defence too much.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 8.5/10
The Belgian defender made some crucial interceptions during the match and managed to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet on the night.
CB: Ben Davies – 7.5/10
He performed well for a makeshift centre-back and did enough to secure a clean sheet for his efforts.
LB: Danny Rose – 8/10
He defended well and made some good runs down the left touchline. However, the Englishman lacked the cutting edge in the attacking end of the pitch.
CM: Moussa Sissoko – 7/10
He worked his socks off in midfield and won a lot of 50-50 challenges against Lucas Torreira. It was another excellent display from him in a Tottenham shirt.
CM: Harry Winks – 8/10
The youngster distributed the ball well in midfield and was full of energy all around the pitch. He was always willing to press high up the pitch which led to many good interceptions from the away team.
RM: Lucas Moura – 6/10
The Brazilian worked hard but struggled to get himself going in the game. Pochettino replaced him with Harry Kane at the hour mark.
CAM: Dele Alli – 9/10
The England international set-up Heung-min Son for the first goal before scoring himself in the 59th minute when he produced a composed finish from close range which sealed the derby win for Spurs.
LM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10
The Danish star was not afraid to try his luck from a distance. He was always looking to create chances for his teammates and showed enough invention to earn a crucial cup win away from home.
ST: Heung-Min Son – 8.5/10
The South-Korean scored with a clinical finish in the first half and was a constant menace for the Gunners defenders. He seems to have enjoyed the freedom of playing as a lone striker.
ST: Harry Kane – 8/10
He played a fantastic ball to put Alli through on goal who made no mistake from close range. The English forward held the ball up well and did enough to see out the victory for his team.
CAM: Erik Lamela – N/A
The Argentine sensation did not have enough time to make an impact.