How Arsenal's players rated in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham
The Gunners were favourites heading into this North London derby and will be disappointed to be leaving with only a point, especially having been ahead at half time. Lacking a real potent attacking threat, they couldn’t find the back of the net and a defensive error allowed Harry Kane to earn his team a point from the spot. A frustrating day for Arsenal fans.
Petr Cech – 6
The experienced shot stopper had little to do for much of the tie and can’t be held responsible for the penalty conceded, but came close to giving Tottenham a late chance to lead when his slip almost allowed Heung Min Son in.
Hector Bellerin – 7
The Spain under 21 international was his usual self, bombing forwards and defending well to boot, but he wasn’t quite at his best today as he was tracked closely throughout.
Shodkran Mustafi – 6
Dealt well with the physical side of Harry Kane’s game but looked nervous when in possession and being chased down by Tottenham’s attackers. Fought well throughout and showed no signs of giving up.
Laurent Koscielny – 6
Struggled with the pressure put on him by the Tottenham front line at times, looking panicked and uncomfortable when he lacked space and time. Partly responsible for the penalty conceded to allow Spurs to equalise.
Nacho Monreal – 7
Partly at fault for the penalty conceded, Monreal made up for it with a superb block to deny Harry Kane the opportunity to put his side ahead on the hour mark. The Spaniard did well to numb the threat of Tottenham down their right flank.
Francis Coquelin – 6
Quietly efficient as he tried to break up play and protect his backline, Coquelin had little influence going forwards but added some steel in the middle.
Granit Xhaka – 7
Xhaka was effective in driving from deep, with one of his runs into the box coming close to putting his side in front as he was just inches away from heading home in the second half. Dropped deeper when Ramsey was introduced.
Theo Walcott – 7
Hit the post with a superb shot and was a thorn in the side of Danny Rose throughout before tiring in the second half, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing him. After a few weeks out, it was a promising return from injury.
Mesut Ozil – 6
Almost man marked by both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama for much of the game, Ozil struggled to find the kind of space that he loves to exploit. Often drifting deeper than you would usually find him, the German couldn’t prove his world class service today.
Alex Iwobi – 7
Created problems but lacked the composure to finish any moves off. His pace kept Kyle Walker busy and he did well to track back when Walker broke forwards, he just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal.
Alexis Sanchez – 7
Superb movement which dazzled Kevin Wimmer and at times the only man to press the Tottenham backline in a way which made them look uncomfortable. Late on he put himself about as he continued to press and tried to prove an aerial presence but lacked quality service.
Aaron Ramsey (for Coquelin, 64) – 5
An attacking change but the Welshman’s impact was largely restricted to shots from distance as he failed to penetrate the Spurs backline.
Olivier Giroud (for Iwobi, 70) – 6
Gave Tottenham a different kind of problem to deal with, but other than one opportunity in stoppage time he lacked the service needd to make a real impact.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Walcott, 70) – 5
Spent much of his time on the pitch battling with Danny Rose, and it’s fair to say the he came off second best and grew increasingly frustrated.
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