Arsenal player ratings against Tottenham

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Arsenal moved on to the fourth round of the FA Cup at North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s expense on Saturday.

Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky struck on either side of the break to secure the victory – the Gunners’ second against Spurs this term.

Following are player ratings for the Emirates outfit from the 2-0 triumph over Tottenham.

Starters

Lukasz Fabianski – 6.5/10

Wasn’t terribly busy, but remained alert for the occasions in which he was called into action. Made a crucial stop on Christian Eriksen early on to send his side on their way.

Bacary Sagna - 7/10

Always looked to get forward, combining well with Serge Gnabry down the right side. Relatively untroubled in defence by Eriksen in an even display.

Laurent Koscielny – 7.5/10

Dealt well with Emanuel Adebayor, never giving him the space to be effective. Rarely beaten and was proactive, stepping forward to close down Spurs’ attacks in their formative stages.

Thomas Vermaelen – 7/10

Looked sharp considering how little football he’s played. Made a crucial intervention on Roberto Soldado when the Spaniard appeared to be away. Picked up a knock and came off at half for Per Mertesacker.

Nacho Monreal - 7/10

Hardly put a foot wrong throughout. Wasn’t as marauding as Sagna in attack but put up a brick wall in opposition to Aaron Lennon.

Jack Wilshere – 6.5/10

Worked hard but drifted out of the game at times and seemed distracted by an ongoing row with Mousa Dembele. Solid, but unspectacular.

Mikel Arteta – 7.5/10

Bossed the centre of the park rather quietly. Forced Soldado to look for space out wide, limiting his ability to hold up play or get into the penalty area.

Serge Gnabry - 9/10

Arguably Arsenal’s best on the day. Showed maturity belying his 18 years of age, running the flank with authority and tracking back as necessary. Provided a lovely ball to assist Santi Cazorla for the Gunners’ first.

Tomas Rosicky - 8/10

Ran at defenders with regularity and showed that he’s enduringly important to the Arsenal cause. Robbed Danny Rose to run in on Hugo Lloris and beat the Frenchman with an excellent dinked finish, a well-deserved reward.

Santi Cazorla – 8.5/10

Oozed class to dominate in the attacking third, proving once again his phenomenal ability with both feet. His strike for the opener was as close to perfect as possible and he maybe could’ve had more.

Theo Walcott – 7/10

Menaced with his runs in behind the defence and provided something different than usual for the Gunners up top. Took eight shots but was unable to ripple the net, denied by good work from Lloris several times. Was stretchered off and word is yet to come on the extent of his injury.

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini – 6/10

Entered the fray for Wilshere with 20 minutes remaining. Shored up the midfield to hold Spurs at bay down the stretch.

Mesut Ozil – 6.5/10

Came on for the final quarter-hour for Arteta, appearing for the first time since Boxing Day. Played several dangerous balls and nearly scored at close range.

Per Mertesacker – 6.5/10

Stepped in for the injured Vermaelen and was his usual self alongside Koscielny.

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