Assured Performance From Bellerin: The Best And The Worst Rated Arsenal Players vs Tottenham


Arsenal and Spurs played out a 1-1 draw at The Emirates Stadium in London and the North London derby failed to produce the kind of fireworks everyone was expecting. Instead, it was settled by an own goal and a penalty kick. Both sides took turns to attack the opposition half and the fixture failed to take off. Arsenal dominated the first half but only had a Kevin Wimmer’s own goal to show for their efforts. Spurs, on the other hand, got back on track in the second half and started to weave a couple of attacks of their own. One of these forays into Arsenal’s box lead to a penalty conceded by Laurent Koscielny for a foul on Moussa Dembele. The penalty was dispatched by the returning Harry Kane.

Here are the Arsenal player ratings for the game –

Formation – 4-2-3-1

Petr Cech– 6.5

He made crucial saves in the second half that kept out Vincent Janssen and Christian Eriksen. Was fortunate to get away with a couple of indecisive moments that could’ve spelt trouble for him.

Hector Bellerin–7

Was an ever willing output on the right-hand side and combined well with Walcott from time to time. Was equally solid going forward and at the back. Another assured performance from the growing Spaniard.

Shkrodan Mustafi-  5

The German had his first off-game for the Gunners. Looked incredibly shaky and was even more uncomfortable than Kevin Wimmer but had no own goal or booking to show for it. Out-paced by Son and wasn’t commanding in the air at all.

Arsenal players celebrate after Kevin Wimmer's own goal at the Emirates

Laurent Koscielny– 6

The Arsenal captain did quite well on an evening where his defensive partner, Mustafi, went to sleep on more than one occasion. Had one bad moment when he unnecessarily snapped at Moussa Dembele’s feet inside the penalty box, which gave the penalty away.

Nacho Monreal- 6.5

Back from injury and put in a solid performance. Did better than Kieran Gibbs in midweek. One important challenge to keep out Kane in the second half.

Francis Coquelin – 6.5

It was important for him to be on his game today and he was there or there about. Did well in the first half to stifle Spurs’ midfield players. Was taken off in the second half when more attacking prowess was needed.

Granit Xhaka– 7

A strong, aggressive presence in midfield. The Swiss midfielder did quite well on his return from suspension. Won the ball well and kept things moving in midfield. Did well to set up Theo Walcott for a chance but the shot came off the crossbar.

Theo Walcott– 6

One special first-time effort that struck the crossbar. Otherwise did well on his return from injury. Linked up well with fellow attackers.

Mesut Ozil- 7

The German was involved in all of Arsenal’s best attacks. Produced great shape on the free-kick for Wimmer’s own goal. Had a couple of goal scoring opportunities but couldn’t add to his recent goal rush.

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and Arsenal's Alex Iwobi battle for the ball in the air

Alexi Iwobi – 5.5

Another sub-par performance from the Nigerian youngster. People will start to question Wenger’s persistence with the young talent. Had an incredible chance after being set up by Alexis but hit the shot straight at Lloris.

Alexis Sanchez–6

Alexis didn’t have one of his best nights as he failed to impose himself. Spurs had numbers at the back and this thwarted out the Chilean’s efforts to impact the game more.

Substitutes –

Aaron Ramsey– 5 (Coquelin 65)

The Welshman is being eased back into the team after an injury. He was desperately missed in midfield.

Olivier Giroud– 5 (Alex Iwobi 70)

Giroud couldn’t make the kind of impact he did against Sunderland after coming off the bench. Had a couple of efforts saved by Lloris.

Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain – 5 (Theo Walcott 71)

Didn’t have the kind of impact he’d have liked to. Gave away unnecessary fouls and was brash during his stay on the pitch.

Subs unused – Ospina, Elneny, Gabriel, Gibbs

Written by Vamsi Krishna

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