Arsenal 2-1 Spurs: player ratings

Written by Edward Pitt

March 14, 2021

WHAT A WIN! That derby day feeling is just unbeatable. We started really strong and created a number of good early chances. Smith Rowe hit the crossbar with a beautiful strike and a few minutes later Cedric struck the post. We completely stifled Spurs until the first time they got into our box. Lamela finished with a great rabona finish in fairness. But the reaction was exemplary. We kept up the pressure and got a crucial equaliser on the verge of half time. Our dominance continued into the second half when Davison Sanchez brought down Lacazette for a penalty which the Frenchman converted. Here is how the players got on…

LENO 7: Didn’t really have much to do in truth until the latter stages. Didn’t do anything wrong and was decent with his distribution. He seemed to put behind him any bright ideas of playing really risky passes

CEDRIC 7: I just thought he was really solid. Nothing to write home about but he played a good game and largely kept Spurs’ wingers under control

LUIZ 7: Really good distribution today from Luiz and he carried the ball phenomenally. Had a couple of loose touches and he was standing still for the goal, but he was largely really impressive and prevented Kane from even getting a kick really

GABRIEL 7: Very similar to Luiz really. Keeping one of the world’s best strikers quiet is deserving of no less than a 7

TIERNEY 8: Spurs fans were really gassing up Bale coming into this game. Well, to be honest KT was so solid that I forgot the Welshman was even playing

PARTEY 9: That was a world class performance and I think he is probably my MOTM. Won every single midfield battle he had. On the ball he was classy as well. He beats the press so effortlessly and is so key to how we want to play with Arteta

XHAKA 8: Almost as good as Partey but I thought Partey was just a bit better at carrying us forward. Nonetheless it was a stellar performance from Granit. We need leaders on the pitch in games like this and that’s exactly what he is

SAKA 6: I thought he was decent in the first half and was looking dangerous in getting in behind the Spurs defence. It was sad to see him taken off for injury at half time. Apparently he was feeling his hamstring. Fingers crossed that’s nothing serious

ODEGAARD 9: I saw a different side to Odegaard today. Normally, I say how he is a little bit casual and slow, but he was really pumped up for this game you can tell. On the ball he was very creative and off the ball he was working tirelessly too. More than willing to drop deep to help win the ball back

SMITH ROWE 9: Phenomal! Absolutely brilliant from Smith Rowe. Playing on the left is not his favoured position, but he did amazingly. He made Doherty and Hoijberg look pretty amateur at times. His off the ball movement is so clever. We really have a star in the making

LACAZETTE 8: That is why we need Lacazette starting. Having that focal point is how we see the best out of Odegaard and Smith Rowe. Great run to win the penalty and I had no doubt he would tuck it away. He is a really good penalty taker

SUBS

PEPE 6: Looked after the ball and helped us win the penalty, but generally speaking he didn’t do enough to get more than a 6. Still decent though from Pepe. I’m really happy with how he is playing right now

WILLIAN 5: He worked super hard but he just seemed to take a while to get up to the speed of the game. In fairness, he didn’t have too long to do that

ELNENY N/A: He had hardly any time out on the pitch so I can’t really rate him

ARTETA 10/10: At first I was questioning playing Smith Rowe on the left, but it turned out to be a stroke of genius. That lineup ended up being perfect. His tactical approach to the game was spot on as well. High press and great transition play. He had the players well drilled for this one considering we were in Greece on Thursday night. I also respect his decision over Aubameyang. If he couldn’t take the derby seriously enough to be on time, then it was right that he got dropped

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