first_imgIt was a north London Derby to forget for Arsenal as they were beaten 1-0 by a dominant Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.Fans were hopeful of another derby win with the team buoyed by new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and following last week’s 5-1 demolishing of Everton.But the team lacked hunger and desire, while their star men flopped, as a superior Spurs claimed a deserved win.Harry Kane’s second-half header won the game for Tottenham but they should have had more, with only a series of superb saves from goalkeeper Petr Cech keeping the scoreline low.MATCH REPORT: Harry Kane header gives Spurs bragging rights in north London derbyArsene Wenger’s side, who only mustered one shot on target, are now seven points behind their fiercest rivals and left fighting for a top four spot.So, not a great afternoon for the red half of north London, but how did the players perform? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings… 14 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 4 – A poor game from the Armenian, who was guilty of a number of shocking passing attempts. He found himself in the right position on a few occasions but could not find the end product to cause Spurs any problems. Subbed off on 65 minutes. Héctor Bellerín – 5 – Did well to marshal Heung-min Son on the left wing and was solid enough, until he allowed Spurs full-back Ben Davies to whip in a brilliant cross which led to Harry Kane’s goal. His real strength lies in attacking and he did add threat to Arsenal’s forward surges. 14 14 Jack Wilshere – 7 – Was Arsenal’s main attacking threat in midfield, the England man makes things happen but spent most of his time in a defensive role against a lively Spurs. His brilliant slide rule pass appeared to play Aubameyang clear through on goal in the first half, but the offside flag was raised even though replays suggested he might have marginally been on. His curling shot in the second half, well saved by Lloris, was Arsenal’s best chance all game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 4 – The £60million striker was forced to feed on scraps up front and was barely in the game. The one time he raced free of the Spurs back-four, from Wilshere’s pass, he was harshly flagged for offside. A difficult game for the new Gunners star. 14 Mohamed Elneny – 6 – Was one of Arsenal’s better players before a tactical change from Wenger saw him replaced on 65 minutes. His sweeping role in front of the back four was crucial to keeping the game goalless in the first half and his exit gave Spurs more room to attack in. Nacho Monreal – 5 – Struggled to get forward as much as in recent games but did well to restrict the likes of Eriksen and Trippier, but he allowed Kane to run in ahead of him in the box to head in. 14 14 Granit Xhaka – 4 – The Swiss international struggled to really give Arsenal anything in attack and was overrun in midfield as Spurs pressed in the second half. Although, he was one of the few Arsenal players who passed the ball with any accuracy. 14 Petr Cech – 8 – Could do little about Kane’s goal, but Cech pulled off a series of great saves to keep out Christian Eriksen’s free-kick and two more thumping efforts from Kane, as well as a close-range effort from Erik Lamela. There was a hair-raising moment when an attempt to play out of the back almost let Dele Alli in to score, but it was an otherwise commanding performance from the Gunners’ No.1 14 Mesut Özil – 5 – One of those games from the German, who just couldn’t make an impact. His passing was off and his decision-making was at fault for a number of attacks breaking down. Shkodran Mustafi – 6 – His great block denied Kane an early chance to score and it was his solid performance at the back that helped shut out Spurs in the first half, but his discipline ebbed away in the second half as Spurs piled on the pressure Alex Iwobi – 4 – Brought on for Mkhitaryan in the 65th minute, Iwobi has been in good form recently but he struggled to keep with the pace of the game after coming off the bench. Was caught out three or four times and didn’t really make the impact Wenger would have wanted from the youngster. 14 Laurent Koscielny – 5 – The Frenchman lost sight of Kane and was out-jumped by the Spurs striker as he nodded in the winning goal 14 14 14 Alexandre Lacazette – 5 – Had little to work with after coming on in the 65th minute to spearhead Arsenal’s attack, but he missed a glorious chance to score a stoppage-time equaliser, slotting the ball past Lloris but just past the post.. 14 Danny Welbeck – N/A – Brought on for the final five minutes but did little.last_img

Spurs 1-0 Arsenal: Wenger’s flops rated and slated in north London Derby defeat

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