14 Mar Arsenal’s Gabriel, Tierney 8/10, Lacazette the heroes in large derby win vs. Spurs
Arsenal got here from behind to win a pulsating North London Derby, beating Tottenham 2-1 on the Emirates on Sunday.
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The hosts went behind in opposition to the run of play within the 33rd minute when Erik Lamela glided residence a ravishing rabona into the underside nook. However the Gunners responded nicely and deservedly equalised simply earlier than half-time when Martin Odegaard’s effort deflected in off Toby Alderweireld, earlier than Alexandre Lacazette received and transformed a penalty early within the second half to seal three treasured factors.
Lamela wasn’t executed there, although, and was despatched off for 2 quick-fire bookings to make it a depressing day for Jose Mourinho’s facet.
Arsenal have been fast and filled with goal in a frantic opening 20 minutes for Mikel Arteta’s facet, and if it wasn’t for a stroke of genius from Lamela, the hosts would’ve been a shoo-in to enter half-time with the lead. Something aside from three factors would’ve been harsh on a dominant Gunners facet that performed with bundles of depth and drive.
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We’re maybe being harsh, however it’s crucial to attain while you’re on prime and the Gunners failed to do this of their opening flurry, with their bitter rivals being those to go forward on the finish of a busy opening interval that was largely one-way site visitors.
Supervisor score out of 10
8 — It was a courageous name from Arteta to depart out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his beginning line-up for a breach of matchday protocol, however a high-energy setup noticed his facet management the sport and present indicators that the Spaniard’s imaginative and prescient might be starting to take form.
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GK Bernd Leno, 6 — The house stopper was a digital bystander till Lamela’s beautiful “rabona” completed skidded residence off the shiny Emirates turf, leaving the German helpless.
DF Cedric Soares, 6 — The proper-back spent loads of time within the opposition half and got here desperately near restoring parity within the first half when his clear strike from the sting of the field thundered off Hugo Lloris’ left-hand publish.
DF David Luiz, 7 — Did not have a lot defending to do in any respect and proved a helpful choice with the ball at his toes within the closing third with a few respectable crosses into the field.
DF Gabriel, 8 — Harry Kane has been such a thorn in Arsenal’s facet over time, however the Brazilian was glorious in retaining the Spurs frontman largely quiet. He was then the hero within the final minute when he blocked a goal-bound effort on the aim line.
DF Kieran Tierney, 8 — The previous Celtic man is at all times a risk on the Arsenal left and that was the case as soon as once more as he made mild work of Spurs full-back Matt Doherty earlier than launching a cross into the world that resulted in his facet’s equalizer.
MF Thomas Partey, 7 — The Arsenal midfield dominated big parts of the sport and lots of that was right down to Partey, though the Ghanaian can be having nightmares about Lamela’s strike squirming by his legs and into the again of the web.
MF Granit Xhaka, 7 — The midfielder is commonly criticised for a scarcity of incision within the closing third, however he was at all times obtainable for the ball and made some respectable probing passes for onrushing forwards into the penalty space. The one blot on the Swissman’s copybook was an 82nd minute yellow card for stopping Lucas Moura in his tracks.
MF Bukayo Saka, 6 — The Arsenal No. 7 was clearly recognized by Spurs as a chief risk and it confirmed, because the visiting defence dished out some bodily challenges on the winger and prevented him from actually stepping into the sport. Due to that, it was no shock that he was introduced off on the break and changed by Nicolas Pepe.
MF Martin Odegaard, 7 — It was a quiet first half for the Norwegian, however he plugged away and was rewarded within the closing phases of the opening 45 when his scuffed, deflected effort deflected residence to make the rating 1-1. He was quiet within the second half, however he performed his half in an important win.
MF Emile Smith Rowe, 7 — Virtually broke the impasse within the 16th minute with a surprising effort from vary that crashed off the crossbar. Apart from that, the teen appeared a risk and gave the likes of Doherty a tricky time on the again for Spurs. We did not see a lot of him within the second half, nevertheless, and he was changed by Willian within the 78th minute.
FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 — The Frenchman ought to’ve executed a lot better halfway by the primary half when he sliced an effort huge from eight yards out, however he made amends in reasonably lucky circumstances when he was taken out by Davinson Sanchez whereas slicing a second-half shot, earlier than selecting himself as much as coolly slot residence a penalty to place the hosts forward. Changed by Mohamed Elneny within the closing phases.
FW Nicolas Pepe, 7 — An excellent cross launched Lacazette within the field within the build-up to the penalty that gave Arsenal the lead. He did not have many moments, however he made that one depend.
FW Willian, N/R — Did not provide an enormous deal when he got here on, however Arsenal followers will not care one jot as they reclaimed the all-important bragging rights.
MF Mohamed Elneny, N/R — Got here on to see the sport out and he did simply that.