Soccer NewsSaturday 18th November 2017

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham player ratings, stats and reaction: Harry Kane run ends as Gooners thank karma for lucky goals

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham player ratings, stats and reaction: Harry Kane run ends as Gooners thank karma for lucky goals

Arsenal got back to winning ways as the Premier League returned after the international break, earning a well-deserved 2-0 win over Tottenham in the North London Derby.

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez settled the contest in the first half, with Spurs far from at their best even if there was a slice of good fortune for Arsenal on both their goals.

Man of the match

There are a few contenders, but Mustafi really put in one of his finest performances in an Arsenal shirt and may have just edged it over Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

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Shkodran Mustafi was superb for Arsenal against Tottenham

Not only did the Germany international score a superb header to open the scoring, but he timed a perfect challenge on Harry Kane as he bore down on goal at a point in the second half when Tottenham could really have got themselves back in it.

Ozil may have left the pitch to a standing ovation, but defenders don’t get enough credit and this was a hugely impressive display from Mustafi against a star-studded Spurs attack.

Flop of the match

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Christian Eriksen had a poor game for Spurs at Arsenal

With wayward shooting and a total lack of influence when Tottenham needed him most, it may just be Christian Eriksen on this occasion.

Having shone for Denmark with a hat-trick in his last game against the Republic of Ireland, many were expecting him to come here and out-shine Ozil at the Emirates, but it wasn’t to be.

Kane and Dele Alli may have been the ones dragged off by manager Mauricio Pochettino, but Eriksen should have been pulling the strings against a weak Arsenal defence and midfield, but was largely invisible.

Stat of the match

This speaks volumes…a disappointing game for Kane, but only because of the incredibly high standards he’s set himself…

Player ratings

Arsenal: Cech 7, Koscielny 7, Mustafi 8, Monreal 7, Bellerin 6, Kolasinac 7, Xhaka 6, Ramsey 7, Ozil 8, Sanchez 8, Lacazette 8 / Subs: Coquelin 6, Iwobi

Tottenham: Lloris 6, Sanchez 6, Dier 5, Vertonghen 6, Trippier 6, Davies 6, Dembele 6, Sissoko 7, Eriksen 5, Alli 6, Kane 6 / Subs: Winks 6, Llorente 6, Son 6

Reaction

Normally a huge admirer of Tottenham, Sky Sports pundit couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing from them today…

Meanwhile, Arsenal fans were relishing beating Spurs with two questionable offside calls after being undone themselves by a dodgy linesman at Man City last time out…

The knives were also out for Mauricio Pochettino after yet another defeat in an away game against a top six side…

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