Two first half goals gave Tottenham a North London Derby win to mirror the result at White Hart Lane last season. Who stood out for Andre Villas-Boas’ side?
Hugo Lloris 8
Kyle Walker 8
A solid display from Walker, although he still showed a worrying penchant for giving away fouls in dangerous areas. As part of a strong back four performance, Walker can be pleased with his outing.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto 8
Recalled to the starting eleven, Assou-Ekotto was excellent in the first half in a difficult job tracking their attacking midfield as they moved around the pitch whilst also keeping tabs on the roving Carl Jenkinson.
Jan Vertonghen 10
A virtuoso display from Jan Vertonghen went a long way to securing Spurs the three points, blocking off innumerable through balls and stepping out to block off Walcott and Cazorla.
Michael Dawson 9
Perfectly paired with Vertonghen, Dawson dealt well with the aerial balls to Olivier Giroud, and was key as Arsenal pumped the ball forward to try and snatch a point at the end.
Scott Parker 8
An efficient if unglamorous display from Parker was lifted by an excellent through ball for the second goal.
Mousa Dembele 8
Worked well with Parker to reduce Arsenal’s control of the match after a worrying first half hour. Spurs will be desperate for Dembele, who limped off near the end of the game, to be fit for Inter on Thursday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson 8
Deservedly promoted to the starting line up after an excellent display against West Ham Sigurdsson was hard working and clever going forward, playing an excellent ball to Bale to open the scoring. Could have made the game safe but decided to pass, hopefully a bit more playing time might sharpen that decision making.
Aaron Lennon 9
Lennon’s best display for some time, as industrious as ever tracking back, and a constant threat going forward. Lennon took his goal sharply, and Spurs would love him to maintain this form in the rest of the season.
Gareth Bale 9
Not as pivotal as he has been in recent weeks, but it would be a mistake to underplay Bale’s role. He opened the scoring, and did well holding the ball up and closing down the opposition.
Emmanuel Adebayor 5
Another quiet display from the Togolese striker, who at least avoided a red card this time out and did do well to hold up the ball and draw fouls on a few occasions. Adebayor also picked up an injury, but you expect Defoe to go back into the first team regardless.
Jermain Defoe 7
Looked sharp as he returned to action after a lengthy injury, also snatched at his one big chance. If Spurs get the Defoe back they had in the first few months of the season, they will feel far more confident about guaranteeing a Champions League place.
Jake Livermore and William Gallas N/A
Neither had time to really impact on the game.
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