Tottenham player ratings v Arsenal: Bentaleb shines, toothless strikers struggle

Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup against Arsenal, losing 2-0 to goals by Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky

A somewhat limp performance by Tottenham saw them fall short of the quality displayed by Arsenal's attacking play, while also making basic mistakes that saw them punished.

Below are the Tottenham player ratings:

Hugo Lloris 6/10 - Saved well from Walcott early on and looked alert coming out of his box as always. Wrong-footed for Cazorla's strike, and went down a little too early for Rosicky's goal, but it would be harsh to blame him for either strike.

Kyle Walker 7/10 - Actively intercepted the ball well in the opening minutes, while more than capable of bursting forward both in pursuit of the ball and with it at his feet.

Sucked inside for Cazorla's goal, but looked Tottenham's most dangerous player for much of the second half with his pace and intent.

Danny Rose 4.5/10 - Found the going difficult against livewire winger Gnabry. Awful moment to gift possession to Tomas Rosicky that essentially killed the game off, an act that may just convince Sherwood to invest in a new fullback.

Michael Dawson 6/10 - Struggled with Walcott's pace throughout the game, a mismatch of a contest if ever there was one. Too often caught out in these games against Tottenham's top four rivals, all of whom have pacey options in attack.

Vlad Chiriches 6/10 - Fluctuated between decent defensive play and moments of sloppy possession. Gave it away to Walcott in one instance, only to recover and win it back. 

Moussa Dembele 6/10 - Enjoyed a decent start, and had an onrunning battle with Jack Wilshere, though the England man came out on top. Dembele and Bentaleb were often overrun in midfield, with neither of the frontmen dropping back sufficiently to lend a hand.

Nabil Bentaleb 6.5/10 - Looked skillful and composed on his first start, doing well with the ball and rarely misusing it. It was the most impressive outing so far by the youngster, who was one of the real plus points to come out of the game.

Was not overawed by the occasion and was arguably Tottenham's best player aside from Walker.

Aaron Lennon 6/10 - Nowhere near as effective as he was at Manchester United, not quite getting his footing right when he had a chance to break. In second half he was a little better as Tottenham threatened, predominantly down the right.

Christian Eriksen 6/10 - Involved early on after breaking through the Arsenal backline and testing Fabianski, but this was to be Tottenham's best chance, and the Dane often wanted a little more time on the ball to pick a pass - something he couldn't get at the Emirates. 

Emmanuel Adebayor 5.5/10 - Was disappointing and couldn't have as much of an influence on the game as he would like. Missed a great chance on the turn on the hour mark, and was constantly losing his footing in good positions. 

Roberto Soldado 5/10 - The Spaniard struggled to provide much of a threat, dragging shots wide from outside of the box, one after an excellent move down the righthand side. This is not the former Valencia man's strengths, and it remains a challenge to involve him when the team are struggling for possession up front.


Nacer Chadli 63' 5.5/10 - Came on for the ineffective Soldado just as Rosicky scored the key second goal. Was full of more running than the player he replaced but, like him, he couldn't impact the game. 

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