Player ratings as Gunners delay Spurs fightback


Arsenal claimed a huge win in the North London Derby on Sunday afternoon as they held off a late Tottenham fightback to win 3-2.

The Gunners were absolutely merciless in the first 45 minutes, absorbing Spurs' pressure and making the most of the moments they had up front. After a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg own goal gave Arsenal the lead, Spurs hit the post through Cristian Romero and had a goal disallowed following VAR intervention.

Micky van de Ven's equalizer gave the Gunners a kick in the back, and they quickly doubled their lead through Bukayo Saka, who superbly finished a clever counterattack. A Kai Havertz header from another free kick further extended Arsenal's lead, and they took their 3-0 advantage into half-time.

Arsenal looked to control the game after the break by taking advantage of the ball more, and they started the second half with swagger. However, a horrendous error from David Raya allowed Cristian Romero to come out of nowhere, with Arsenal going through a nervous spell afterwards.

The Gunners then re-established some control, but Declan Rice's spot-kick on Ben Davies awarded Spurs a penalty. With Son Heung-min's conversion, a nervous finale ensued. However, Arsenal did a great job of keeping the hosts at bay despite a lot of late pressure and they pulled off a mammoth victory.

Here are Arsenal player ratings from a chaotic north London derby.

Cristian Romero, David Raya

Goalkeeper and defenders

David Raya (GK) – 6/10 – Did his best to get Spurs back in the game with a terrible mistake in possession. He recovered the ball well high.

Ben White (RB) – 7.5/10 – White's main contributions were his obstructions on Guglielmo Vicario which allowed Arsenal to score two goals from set pieces.

William Saliba (CB) – 8/10 – A class performance from Saliba, who never got angry. The Frenchman defended the Arsenal box superbly.

Gabriel (CB) – 8/10 – Like Saliba, Gabriel's positional sense was often excellent when defending Spurs' crosses. The Brazilian certainly wasn't bothered by Son Heung-min, especially when the South Korean wasn't behind.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) – 6/10 – A bit of a mixed bag. Faced many one-on-ones and was beaten several times. Has rarely been used in possession.

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