Tottenham v Arsenal ratings: Great Dane shines; Cech heroics

Date published: Monday 1st May 2017 7:05

Tottenham secured a famous last ever north London derby win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday and we rate the players.

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane meant Spurs once again closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to just four points in the Premier League title race, but it was the manner of the victory that impressed the most as Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated a poor Gunners side.

HUGO LLORIS: A relatively quiet day at the office for the Tottenham captain. 6

KIERAN TRIPPIER: Shaky start to the game but settled down as the hosts took control. 6

JAN VERTONGHEN: Survived a first-half injury scare to help keep Arsenal at bay and also had two rasping shots turned behind. 7

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD: Hardly gave Arsenal’s wealth of attacking talent a sniff all afternoon. 7

BEN DAVIES: Proving an able deputy for the injured Danny Rose and never looked out of place here. 7

VICTOR WANYAMA: Bossed the midfield as he always tends to do. 7

ERIC DIER: Operating in midfield and alongside Wanyama, the pair got the better over their counterparts for much of the afternoon. 7

SON HEUNG-MIN: The South Korean’s explosiveness was a test for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and he always offered an option. 7

DELE ALLI: Guilty of missing a great chance to open the scoring in the first half but made amends with a 56th-minute strike. 7

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN: Also fluffed his lines with a good opportunity as he hit the bar but it was his original effort which led to the opener and he was a constant threat. 8

HARRY KANE: Continued his amazing north London derby scoring run as his penalty was a sixth in his last five league outings against Arsenal. Booked. 7

SUBSTITUTES

MOUSA DEMBELE (for Son, 78): Added extra presence to the Spurs midfield as they looked to see out the game. 6

KYLE WALKER (for Trippier, 88): A late change to give Trippier a breather. 6

MOUSSA SISSOKO (for Alli, 90): A chance to waste some time. 6

ARSENAL

PETR CECH: Did well to keep out Vertonghen on two occasions, made several other stops but could do little about the goals. 8

GABRIEL: Jury still out on how good the Brazilian is and he was guilty of tripping Kane to concede the penalty. Booked. 5

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Fit enough to take his place in the Arsenal defence but could not inspire his side to victory. 6

NACHO MONREAL: Operating at centre-back for the second game in succession but never looked settled. Booked. 5

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Attempting to adapt to a new role and was caught out on occasion, did well to put off Alli when his England colleague looked like scoring with a close-range header. 5

GRANIT XHAKA: Did not impose himself in the midfield battle and sacrificed as Arsenal chased the game. 5

AARON RAMSEY: Could not recreate his goalscoring performance from last season and another not to be at his best. 5

KIERAN GIBBS: A wing-back role seems to suite the England international and he covered plenty of ground down the left. 6

MESUT OZIL: Showed glimpses of his brilliance but could not get as involved as Arsenal fans would have liked. 5

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Quick to remonstrate with his team-mates but, despite a hard-working afternoon, the Chilean had little impact. 5

OLIVIER GIROUD: Selected by manager Arsene Wenger to offer a physical threat but hardly had a sight of goal. 5

SUBSTITUTES

DANNY WELBECK (for Xhaka, 65): Had been warming up at the break but only thrown on when his side were chasing the game. 6

HECTOR BELLERIN (for Gabriel, 75): Came on after Wenger reverted to a back-four. 6

THEO WACLOTT (for Giroud, 80): The last roll of the dice for Wenger but little he could do. 6

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