Arsenal entertained Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium earlier today as they looked to earn all three points in the North London derby. The Gunners made a good start to the game as they scored the opening goal in the 20th minute courtesy of Thomas Partey’s brilliant strike from outside the box. However, Harry Kane equalised for Spurs from the penalty spot just 11 minutes later. Both London sides went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.
Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net from close range in the 49th minute before Emerson Royal was sent off after the hour mark. Granit Xhaka put daylight between the two teams when he scored in the 67th minute as the contest ended with the Gunners earning a 3-1 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player performed during the contest against Spurs.
GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10
The English keeper made a couple of solid saves at the back but couldn’t do much about Kane’s penalty.
RB: Ben White – 7.5/10
He gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and was quite lively in the final third. White has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CB: William Saliba – 7/10
Saliba cleared his lines when needed and did enough to restrict the opposition from scoring more than once today.
CB: Gabriel – 6/10
The Brazilian defender gave away a cheap penalty in the first half but had a good game in the second.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10
He did his fair share of defending and had some bright moments in the opponent’s half.
CM: Thomas Partey – 8/10
Partey earned the ball back a few times and scored the opener with a wonderful strike from long range.
CM: Granit Xhaka – 7.5/10
He anchored the midfield well and scored a good goal in the second half.
RW: Bukayo Saka – 7.5/10
Saka caused a few problems for the opposition defenders and made plenty of decent chances for others around him.
CAM: Martin Odegaard – 7/10
Odegaard had a few lively moments on the attacking end of the pitch but didn’t do enough to register a goal.
LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7.5/10
The Brazilian speedster created all sorts of problems for the opposition defenders but failed to get his name on the scoresheet.
ST: Gabriel Jesus – 8.5/10
Jesus was a constant menace in the final third and helped Arsenal regain their lead early in the second half. He worked hard and deserves to be named the man of the match.
CM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6/10
He added more energy to Mikel Arteta’s attack.
LB: Kieran Tierney – 6/10
Tierney offered very little after coming off the bench.
CAM: Fabio Viera – 6/10
Viera struggled to get into the flow of the game.
ST: Eddie Nketiah – 6/10
He hardly got a sniff at goal.
RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – N/A
He didn’t get enough time to influence the game.