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Arsenal picked up a crucial win in the first North London derby of the season, beating Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates for the second year running. Emmanuel Adebayor had given Spurs the early lead, but his poor challenge on Santi Cazorla in the 17th minute reduced Tottenham to 10-men, and another clinical Arsenal performance in front of goal meant that they picked up a comfortable enough win, despite rarely stepping out of third gear for the better part of the second half. (Read the Full Match Report)
Here's how the individual players performed on the day...
Szczesny - 5/10 - Had a pretty uneventful game. Could have perhaps done a bit better on the first goal, but had no chance with the second.
Sagna - 6/10 - Was given a proper workout by Gareth Bale at right-back, and largely coped well with his responsibility.
Koscielny - 7/10 - Was easily Arsenal's best defender once again, but given the Gunners' poor defensive record off late, that isn't really saying much.
Mertesacker - 5/10 - Was at fault for both goals that Arsenal conceded, but did well to get on the scoresheet for the very first time in his Arsenal career.
Vermaelen - 6/10 - Continues to look out of place at left-back, failing to offer anything in the final third, but did his defensive duties reasonably well, keeping Aaron Lennon in check after Spurs went down to 10-men.
Arteta - 6/10 - Went largely unnoticed for large periods of the game. Put in a decent shift, but doesn't really have the pace to cope with picking up runners from midfield to do a solid enough job on the defensive front.
Wilshere - 7/10 - The young Englishman is slowly regaining his 'burst', and there were glimpses of that on display today. His passion for the game remains undiminished, and he certainly played with his heart on his sleeve today.
Cazorla - 9/10 - Had an outstanding game, scoring, assisting and was arguably the only Arsenal player who gave it his all in the second half when Arsenal switched to cruise control.
Podolski - 8/10 - His work rate in the first half was very good, and he defended well from the front. Scored his goal, picked up an assist and a booking. A good derby day outing for the German international.
Giroud - 8/10 - Was very prominent in the first half, and had a couple of headers kept out by Lloris. Got his goal in first half injury time to give Arsenal some much needed breathing space, and his flick-on on the hour mark helped the Gunners grab their fourth.
Walcott - 9/10 - His crossing and finishing have both improved tremendously. Wasted a good chance to shoot mid-way through the second half, but did get a late goal to cap another excellent display. Hope the Arsenal hierarchy can convince him to sign a new contract - looks on the verge of taking his game to another level.
Ramsey (72') - 5/10 - The Welshman is yet to hit top gear, and is increasingly looking like a squad player with the Gunners. His 20 minute stint was largely ineffective.
Santos (80') - NA - Santos came on late in the game for Podolski, and had to be helped off the pitch having picked up what looked like a side strain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain (86') - 7/10 - The young Englishman had a bright stint, looking lively down the flank against an exhausted Vertonghen, setting up Walcott for the last goal of the game.
Lloris - 5/10 - Produced some excellent saves from headers, and wasn't really at fault for any of the goals Tottenham conceded. His anticipation was also good, but when you concede 5 goals in a derby, you don't really win any fans.
Naughton - 4/10 - Was taken to school by Walcott in the first half as all of Arsenal's attacks came down his wing. He was unsurprisingly replaced at half-time.
Walker - 5/10 - Struggled to get forward, and was put under a lot of pressure whenever he was on the ball by Podolski's defending from the front. Like Naughton, he too came off at half-time.
Vertonghen - 7/10 - His pass to find Defoe for the opening goal was sublime, and his defensive performance on the whole was very good. Amazingly despite that, his side conceded 5 goals.
Gallas - 5/10 - The Frenchman's return to the Emirates was not a happy one with the Gunners scoring a lot of their goals despite his rather tight marking.
Sandro - 5/10 - A bruising afternoon for the Brazilian enforcer, who left his impression on a number of Arsenal's midfielders, whose fast feet were just too quick for him.
Huddlestone - 5/10 - Huddlestone worked hard in front of the back four, but his delivery on set pieces was quite awful, and he doesn't have the pace to drive Tottenham forward, so his link-up play with the forward line was very slow.
Lennon - 5/10 - Started the game really well, and could well have given Spurs a 2-0 lead. However, he faded poorly as the match progressed, and continues to seem more like an impact player rather
Bale - 8/10 - Was arguably Tottenham's best player. Worked tirelessly to help his side get back into the game, scored a good goal, and could have well got another
Adebayor (sent off 17') - 3/10 - Took his goal well, but his challenge on Cazorla was terrible, and the Togolese striker let his team down in a big big game.
Defoe - 5/10 - Was starved of service for much of the game with Laurent Koscielny doing an excellent job of marking him.
Dempsey (46') - 4/10 - The American international had a poor half, offering virtually nothing to Spurs going forward.
Dawson (46') - 6/10 - The veteran center-back had a good half with Spurs playing much better football when they switched to a back three.
Carroll (72') - 6/10 - The youngster looked bright during his brief time on the pitch and is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
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