Arsenal v Spurs: Player Ratings from a poor derby result

Written by Edward Pitt

December 6, 2020

Leno – 6/10: I think he distributed the ball fairly well. And frankly he could not nothing to stop Son’s wonder strike, nor Kane’s fierce effort onto the underside of the crossbar. Rating the German anything lower than this would be quite harsh.

Bellerin – 5/10: I’m so torn with Hector Bellerin. He gets into so many great attacking positions compared to most right-backs in the league. That is something which warrants some respect. But he has to start doing better when he gets into those positions. Too often are his crosses far too easy to deal with.

Holding – 4/10: He has to follow Son when he cuts inside. I appreciate that he wanted to cover the overlap, but a wide-open shot is far more dangerous than a wide open cross. Nine times out of ten this mistake goes unpunished, unluckily for him Son did punish it with a wonderful strike.

Gabriel – 6/10: He too perhaps could have prevented the first goal by getting tighter to Kane on the half-way line, even bringing him down if needed. But generally speaking he turned in another decent performance and played out from the back very well.

Tierney – 5/10: Defensively he didn’t put a foot wrong, however unfortunately he didn’t show me anything going forward to warrant more than a five. If you combined his defending and crossing with Bellerin’s attacking runs, you’d have some full-back.

Partey – 6/10: He was doing everything you expect from him, up until he again gets taken off at half-time. Hopefully, it isn’t anything too serious as our midfield is vastly different without him there.

Xhaka – 4/10: I cannot defend the indefensible. He moved the ball so slowly, and often very inaccurately. I cannot describe how difficult it is for Arsenal to build well through the midfield with Xhaka in the team. Compare him to Guendouzi who will at least move quickly and try and get the team moving forward, Xhaka really is becoming obsolete.

Willian – 6/10: Credit where it’s due, Willian did a decent job by my standards. Nothing too special, but he worked hard and put in some good deliveries at times, particularly from set pieces. The players in the box needed to take some of these chances. However, the downside is still that I don’t see him as a player with the ability to beat a man. 

Saka – 7/10: By far our most lively player. AGAIN! Don’t get me wrong he does need to work on his end product, but he is the only player in the side right now with a bit of flair about him. For some reason, Arteta moved him to right-back later on to accommodate Eddie Nketiah in the attack. 

Lacazette – 5/10: I do think the he is the best available quick-fix for that number 10 role. He linked play fairly well and won the ball back in some decent positions. He needs to get some confidence though, because he saw a few chances go begging in the game.

Aubameyang – 3/10: Maybe we need to stop defending this guy and give him a well-earned rest. We were as creative as we could have hoped to be against a Mourinho side and a handful of half-chances fell to him. He sent another header over the bar. Most notably he had Eric Dier isolated late on in the second half, but moved the ball so predictably. Don’t get me wrong, a few decent midfielders will help him. But we need to give him some blame at some point, and he was nothing but a passenger in what was otherwise a decent performance.

Ceballos – 5/10: Nothing special from Dani today, but he at least moved the ball a little bit quicker in the midfield. If we had started him next to Partey it might have been a different story today

Nketiah – 5/10: He didn’t have any real impact off the bench, so it would be harsh to slaughter him with my rating

Mikel Arteta – 4/10: I liked the starting lineup to be fair. I would have started either Ainsley or Ceballos next to Partey and Nelson instead of Willian, but it wasn’t a terrible lineup. What I struggle to understand is why he did not even bring Nelson on. Or Willock! We ended the game with one substitution left to use; surely, we would not have done any worse if we brought Nelson or Willock on for the laborious Xhaka or Aubameyang. I am a fan of Arteta but he is making it harder and harder for me to defend him.



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