Mesut Ozil and Erik Lamela shared the best ratings following Arsenal’s 1-1 derby draw against Tottenham on Sunday – but Olivier Giroud struggled.
The Gunners had to come from behind after Harry Kane – given a rating of 8 by the Telegraph, but just 6 by the Times – fired the industrious visitors into a deserved first-half lead.
Substitute Kieran Gibbs bundled in a first league goal since March 2012 on 77 minutes to set up a grandstand finale.
However, Arsene Wenger’s side – missing the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck through injury – could not conjure a winner, so remained level on points with league leaders Manchester City, who earlier drew 0-0 at Aston Villa.
Arsenal’s star man, the papers all agreed, with exception to the Times, was Ozil, with his average rating of 7.375 enough to share the ‘man of the match’ award with ever-improving Spurs forward Lamela, who also achieved the same average.
Two players who did fail to impress for the Gunners, however, were Santi Cazorla (average rating 5) and Giroud (average rating 5.125), though the Spaniard was hooked at half-time after complaining of dizziness.
Arsenal’s overall team average was 6.64, with Spurs generating an overall team average of 6.75 – but do you see this as a fair reflection on the match itself? Or do you think Spurs should have enjoyed a far higher team average?
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