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Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur | 08.11.15
Arsenal Player Ratings
Petr Cech (goalkeeper): 7
Managed to pull off a few comfortable yet crucial saves throughout the game which kept Arsenal in the match and on their way to earning a point. Almost gifted Tottenham a goal when dallying on it outside of the box.
Mathieu Debuchy (right back): 6
Solid enough deputy for Hector Bellerin but was unable to get forward and support any attacks of note down the right side.
Laurent Koscielny (centre back): 5
Gifted Tottenham their goal when trying to play Harry Kane offside when there was no pressure on Danny Rose whining playing the ball from deep. Would have been much easier for Koscielny to track the run and deal with the danger afterwards.
Per Mertesacker (centre back): 5
Struggled with ball in behind due to an obvious lack of pace and lost the flight of the ball on a couple of occasions. Positional sense was poor and was dragged out of defence following Eriksen for the Tottenham goal.
Nacho Monreal (left back): 6
Solid enough display from the Spaniard but was caught out far too wide on a few Spurs attacks which led to them exploiting the space he should have held to keep it compact.
Francis Coquelin (central midfield): 6
Wasn’t able to stop the flow of Tottenham attacks and limit the space for their midfield. Had a better second half but difficult when the Arsenal front four are reluctant to get back into shape quickly.
Santi Cazorla (central midfield): 4
The game passed him by as he couldn’t dictate play and get his foot on the ball like he normally does. Was run ragged by the vibrant Spurs midfield and duly taken off at the interval after having a torrid time.
Joel Campbell (attacking midfield): 5
Struggled to make an impact on the game and was having to do more work defensively then offensively. Had a decent effort saved by Hugo Lloris early in the second half but was taken off with 15 minutes to go to be replaced by the eventual scorer.
Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield): 8
Set piece delivery was brilliant throughout the match with the vast majority of Arsenal chances coming from his corners or free kicks. Rarely influenced the game during open play but provided the assist when given the chance to put a cross to the back post for Kieran Gibbs to score.
Alexis Sanchez (attacking midfield): 6
Couldn’t get into the game and provide that spark from open play which Arsenal was missing. Came up against a resilient opponent in Kyle Walker who seemed to get the better of Sanchez all game up and down that side.
Olivier Giroud (striker): 5
Had limited chances during the first half but should have at least taken one of many that he squandered during the second half. Rarely troubled Lloris into making a save from his headers and will be disappointed as on another day he would have buried at least a couple of those.
Mathieu Flamini (Cazorla, 45): 6
Came on for the ineffective Cazorla to shore up the midfield and offer more protection to the Arsenal backline. Got stuck in to Tottenham and put himself about with a fair few tackles.
Kieran Gibbs (Campbell, 74): 7
Not really known for his attacking impetus or goal threat but managed to come on and score the equaliser within three minutes after sneaking around the far post and bundling an effort towards goal.
Mikel Arteta (Debuchy, 77): No rating.
Didn’t really have enough time to influence the game.
Substitutes not used: David Ospina, Gabriel, Calum Chambers, Alex Iwobi
Arsene Wenger: 7
Will be very happy to have come away from the North London derby with a point after being under the cosh and second best to Tottenham. With so many injuries to his squad at present it is hard to change the game with limited options on the bench. Although Wenger’s substitutions managed to get Arsenal back into the game with Flamini strengthening the midfield and Gibbs grabbing the all important goal for a point.